Mice lacking one copy of a gene called DDX3X have developmental delay and sensory, motor and behavioral problems — similar to those seen in people with a mutation in the gene.
A single dose of cannabidiol, a component of marijuana, eases seizures and improves learning and sociability in mice with mutations in an autism gene called CDKL5.
Not much is known about the connection between autism and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects collagen. But preliminary work provides tantalizing clues.
Mouse models of two genetic conditions related to autism show abnormalities in their movement patterns.
Autistic children who lose words reach key milestones earlier than autistic children without language regression.
Children with autism who speak few words and have trouble manipulating objects tend to remain minimally verbal as they reach adulthood.
A comprehensive review has found no scientific basis for a controversial technique that supposedly helps autistic people communicate.
Some autistic children’s communication and motor skills begin to decelerate between 9 and 18 months — years before the average age of diagnosis.
New assessments of the subtle motor difficulties that characterize autism could improve autistic children’s lives and teach us a lot about the condition.