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Treatments

Efforts to ease the symptoms of autism are beginning to ramp up, with promising candidates in various stages of testing.

September 2019
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Features / Deep Dive

Can preventing seizures alter the course of autism?

by  /  18 September 2019

Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.

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Opinion / Q&A

Diabetes drug delivers multiple benefits for people with fragile X syndrome

by  /  17 September 2019

Researcher Randi Hagerman is a big proponent of metformin — a diabetes drug that she is testing in people with fragile X syndrome. In fact, Hagerman takes the drug herself as a preventive measure against cancer.

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News

Therapy improves speech in autistic children with language delay

by  /  12 September 2019

A behavioral therapy called pivotal response treatment may boost the communication skills of autistic children with language delay better than do standard speech and autism therapies.

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News

Small sponge may sop up maternal antibody tied to autism

by  /  9 September 2019

Researchers have created a microscopic particle that traps immune molecules found in a woman that are linked to autism in her child.

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August 2019
News

Trial results temper hopes of tumor drug for treating autism

by  /  29 August 2019

A drug that treats tumors and epilepsy in people with tuberous sclerosis complex does not boost their intelligence or ease autism traits.

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calendar showing busy ABA schedule with child's frustrated scribbles on top
Opinion / Viewpoint

How much behavioral therapy does an autistic child need?

by  /  27 August 2019

People tend to believe that, regardless of the treatment, more is always better. But is it?

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Portrait of Mark Bear
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Mark Bear discusses fragile X syndrome, from bench to bedside

21 August 2019

Watch the complete replay of Mark Bear discussing the latest research on treatments for fragile X syndrome.

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therapist in session with child, showing picture cards.
News

Studies of autism treatments lack standard yardsticks

by  /  21 August 2019

Clinical trials of autism treatments rarely use a consistent set of tools to measure efficacy, making it tough to compare the treatments.

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Woman with autism hears social noise, but is soothed by the sounds of a lullaby
Opinion / Viewpoint

Brain-body connection may ease autistic people’s social problems

by  /  20 August 2019

An auditory therapy may improve autistic people’s emotional control and help them feel safe enough to engage with the world.

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researchers, doctors and others work together to help a family and their autistic child. Family is at the center of a flower, and the researchers are moving the petals into place.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Medical ‘home’ programs offer coordinated care for autistic people

by ,  /  13 August 2019

A Utah program provides comprehensive care for autistic people across the lifespan and engages families in the decision-making.

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