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Big Babies At Higher Risk For Autism

While one recent study recently concluded that the size of a baby’s head is not a predictor of autism, research out of Denmark draws a clear correlation between the size of a baby and his risk for developing autism.

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Brighter Futures for Autistic Youths Grown on Chicago Farm

Applying lessons from the classroom to the “real world” can be a stretch for anyone, but autistic people in particular benefit from in-situ work experiences where they can develop the requisite social and job skills to gain and succeed in employment. A new program on an urban farm in Chicago does just that – and does it so well that the National Garden Bureau plans to fund therapeutic gardens nationwide.

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Millions in new autism funds projected by NIMH

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)announced that they are funding 12 research projects to identify the best practices and most effective treatments for autistic people at three key stages of life.

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Autistic Mice Go Social

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology published a study Septermber 11 in online journal Cell that has exciting implications for understanding underlying neural circuit dysfunctions in autism. Specifically, the study focused on the part of the brain called the amygdala, which processes emotions.

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Earlier Intervention Could Be Key To Beating Autism

One of the few things everyone can agree on with autism is that early intervention with behavioral therapy gives children the best chance at beating developmental delays. Now scientists are trying to determine just how early to intervene and to establish therapies that will work for infants.

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Opposite Brain Activity in Autism and ADHD

Many children are diagnosed with both Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) together, but a new study suggests the two disorders may be the result of distinctly different, opposing patterns of brain activity.

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Autism Screening – The Latest

Researchers are focused on finding ways to screen for symptoms of autism at earlier ages, enabling children to receive the early intervention treatments that they need.

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Technology Startup Enables Teens with ASD to Prepare for Presentations

AutismSees is a startup that creates technology, specifically apps for mobile devices and tablets, to help those on the spectrum learn how to effectively give presentations.

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Early Cerebellum Injury Examined as Possible Autism Cause

Researchers at Princeton University are exploring early cerebellum injury as a possible cause of autism. Their theory suggests that an injury to the cerebellum (the part of the brain known to process external and internal including sensory cues) at a very early stage in life disrupts the brains processing of information and leads to problems in other parts of the brain.

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Diagnostic Blood Test For Autism Spectrum Disorder: In the Works

Laboratory services company, SynapDx, is developing a diagnostic blood test for autism. While research indicates that autism is caused by both environmental and genetic factors, research has also uncovered potential biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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