What is autism?
Autism is a spectrum of developmental brain challenges, which can involve and affect:
• Social skills
• Communication ability
Often, children with autism exhibit very narrow interests, such as focusing on wheels or moving parts, and difficulty with change or switching tasks.
Is there a connection between ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome?
• Almost half of children with ASD test average to above average for intellectual abilities.
• Boys are 5 times more likely to be affected by ASD than girls.
• Caucasian children have a higher rate of ASD than any other group.
• ASD used to be diagnosed based on behavior alone; recent research shows evidence of genetic testing that will prove useful for diagnosis.
• Research shows a connection between individuals with ASD and the type of job their parents hold. Individuals with parents in technical jobs are at higher risk for ASD. Children with both parents in technical fields are at higher risk of developing a more severe form of ASD.
• Individuals with a mutation in the CHD8 gene show a very strong likelihood to being diagnosed with ASD.
Personal intervention with the use of computer tablets
Other news and findings
How can you get involved?
Where can you learn more?
Aside from your own healthcare provider, there are a variety of sources to keep you updated regarding ASD research and findings. Check out sites such as: www.autism-society.org and www.autismtoday.com.
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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