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Tag: language

January 2019
Diverse group of children with happy do

How to help underserved groups gain access to autism care

by  /  15 January 2019

Place your autism center in the community you serve, remove barriers to care, cast a wide net for autism signs, and do as much as possible in the first visit: These principles can help build a lifelong relationship with the community.


Autistic children’s language skills stay stable relative to peers

by  /  10 January 2019

Toddlers with strong language skills continue to outperform their peers as they grow up, whereas those with poor skills lag tend to lag behind.


Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures

by  /  3 January 2019

Some autism traits look the same across cultures, and they could form the basis of a global screening tool.

Boy in hospital bed

Children with severe autism increasingly overlooked in research

by  /  2 January 2019

The proportion of studies that include people with a severe form of autism has fallen over the past three decades.

December 2018
Image shows a close up view of a child's eyes

Revealing autism’s hidden strengths

by  /  19 December 2018

Autistic people who have trouble speaking or moving often do poorly on standard tests of intelligence. Newer methods promise to uncover their abilities — and improve our understanding of autism itself.

November 2018
Father and son talking on the couch.

Autistic children, parents may shape each other’s language

by  /  28 November 2018

Parents may speak to their autistic children using fewer words and less complex sentences than do parents of typical children, which in turn shapes the children’s language skills.

Marmoset in a clear cage in a lab.

Monkey motion-capture reveals social behavior in 3-D

by  /  8 November 2018

A monkey-sized jacket embedded with motion sensors — similar to technology used to animate creatures in movies — is helping researchers develop the common marmoset as a model for studying human social behavior.

Three dimensional rendering of the human brain with yellow area showing a change in folding patterns.

Language differences underlie distinct subgroups in autism

by  /  6 November 2018

Brain activity governing language can distinguish children with autism into distinct subgroups.

Baby with EEG cap looks at camera.

Brain waves of autistic children show delay in language learning

by  /  6 November 2018

Babies eventually diagnosed with autism learn to detect speech sounds later than their typical peers do.

Zebra finch in a researcher's hand is given an oxytocin blocker.

Blocking oxytocin causes birds to sing solitary tunes

by  /  5 November 2018

Inhibiting the social hormone oxytocin alters the songs male zebra finches sing to attract females.