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Autism’s Earliest Symptoms Not Evident in Children Under 6 Months

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A study of the development of autism in infants, comparing the behavior of the siblings of children diagnosed with autism to that of babies developing normally, has found that the nascent symptoms of the condition — a lack of shared eye contact, smiling and communicative babbling —...

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When to Worry if a Child Has Too Few Words

There is nothing simple about speech, and there is nothing simple about speech delay — starting with the challenge of diagnosing it. Every pediatrician knows the frustration of trying to quantify the speech and language skills of a screaming toddler. How many words can he say? Can she put two...

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Support Arrives for Military’s School Kids

When her husband, a Marine Corps colonel, was transferred last summer from the Pentagon to a base in southern California, Karen Driscoll was forced to confront her autistic child’s new school district and the intricacies of federal special education law. The Poway Unified School District near San Diego offered Driscoll’s...

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Going to Battle Against Autism

Any parent of an autistic child will tell you that their life is forever changed by their child’s condition. A recent study in The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders quantifies exactly how different that life can be. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison followed a groups of...

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Military Families Battle Against Autism

Military families get their medical benefits through a government-run program called TRICARE. TRICARE refused FOX 5’s request for an on-camera interview, but says its coverage is competitive with other commercial insurance providers. Karen Driscoll says TRICARE isn’t telling the truth. She says she and her husband paid for their son’s treatment...

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How To Tell How Severely Autistic a Student Is

Not every child with autism will have the same level of severity. For some, the symptoms are barely noticeable. For others, it is all too apparent. Abnormal responses to certain sensations, inability to communicate, and lack of empathy are a few things autism will cause. Sometimes, the condition is so...

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IACC research summary points to positive outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has documented a number of positive findings about what the future holds for children with autism spectrum disorders. According to its Annual Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, the IACC reports that a number of children may even lose their autism diagnosis. Although some researchers remain skeptical that recovery...

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Statement on reported increase in autism prevalence

A study was released in yesterday’s online Pediatrics journal, which reported an increased prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders for children in the US.  The numbers came from a 2007 national phone survey of families called the National Survey of Children’s Health. Read the full article here....

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Autistic and Normal Children Have Similar Mercury Levels

Researchers said this week that Children who are autistic have mercury levels similar to those of other kids, which suggests that the mysterious disorder is caused by a range of factors and not just one prime reason. Read the full article here....

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