A new study finds that preschool teachers can help improve social skills in 2- to 5-year-old children with autism by modeling behaviors such as showing and pointing, and enthusiastically responding when children mimic these behaviors.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Efforts to ease the symptoms of autism are beginning to ramp up, with promising candidates in various stages of testing.
A protein that regulates the development of serotonin-producing neurons in the brain is associated with autism.
Researchers have optimized an early social screening questionnaire to distinguish autism from other developmental disabilities in preschool-aged children.
Probiotic bacteria alleviate stress in healthy mice and modify the expression of receptors for a chemical messenger that inhibits signaling in the brain.
Individuals with fragile X syndrome make slightly more eye contact in stressful social situations after taking oxytocin compared with placebo.
A compound that shows promise as a treatment for fragile X syndrome alleviates repetitive behaviors in mice, but unexpectedly makes them less social.