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Freedom to choose leisure activities benefits people with autism

University Park, Pa. -- Free time is not always a fun time for people with autism. Giving them the power to choose their own leisure activities during free time, however, can boost their enjoyment, as well as improve communication and social skills,...

Serotonin plays role in many autism cases, studies confirm

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 24, 2011) -- Mouse models are yielding important clues about the nature of autism spectrum disorders, which impact an estimated one in 110 children in the U.S.[1] In labs at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, researche...

Using EEGs to diagnose autism spectrum disorders in infants

Boston, Mass. -- A computational physicist and a cognitive neuroscientist at Children's Hospital Boston have come up with the beginnings of a noninvasive test to evaluate an infant's autism risk. It combines the standard electroencephalogram (EEG),...

Autism breakthrough: Researchers identify possible treatment for impaired sociability

NORFOLK, Va. -- Eastern Virginia Medical School researchers have identified a potential novel treatment strategy for the social impairment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), an aspect of the condition that has a profound impact on qual...

Playing with building blocks of creativity help children with autism

In an attempt to help children with autism learn the building blocks of creativity, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) tapped a toy box staple for help -- legos. By building lego structures in new and unique ways, chil...

New approach finds success in teaching youth with autism

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to increase, the one thing that won't change is the need for those children to develop social skills. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are ...

IQ scores fail to predict academic performance in children with autism

New data show that many children with autism spectrum disorders have greater academic abilities than previously thought. In a study by researchers at the University of Washington, 90 percent of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder...

Yerkes researchers present at 40th Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference

Neuroscience researchers from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, will present a wide range of research topics at the Society for Neuroscience's 40th annual meeting in San Diego, Nov. 13-17, 2010. The information below is ...

Autism Consortium 2010 Symposium: New therapeutics focus, family resource guide announced

Boston -- November 1, 2010 -- The Autism Consortium, an innovative Boston area collaboration of researchers, clinicians, funders and families dedicated to catalyzing research and enhancing clinical care for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), announc...

Rapid rise in Medicaid expenditures for autism spectrum disorder treatment

Washington, DC, 22 October 2010 -- Autism was described as early as 1940, but a marked increase in the prevalence for the broader class of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) during the past decade highlights the demand for treatment of affected indi...

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