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  1. Fast Lane to Autism: Living Near Freeways

    Dec. 17, 2010 -- Having a mother who lived within 1,000 feet of a freeway while pregnant doubles a child's odds of having autism. The finding comes from a study looking at environmental factors that might play a role in autism. University of Southern California researcher Heather E. Volk, PhD, MPH,

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  2. Early Intervention Improves Autism Symptoms

    Dec. 8, 2010 -- A six-month, group-based early intervention program with a special emphasis on social development can improve some of the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in children as young as 2, according to a study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. “This and other autis

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  3. MRI Scans May Help Evaluate Asperger’s Syndrome

    Dec. 6, 2010 (Chicago) -- Researchers are a step closer to developing new treatments that are tailored to the individual needs of people with Asperger’s syndrome and other types of autism. The technique uses two advanced MRI scanning techniques to produce a detailed map of the brain’s wiring in six

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  4. MRI Scans May Help Test for Autism

    Dec. 2, 2010 -- Researchers may be getting closer to developing a test to diagnose autism spectrum disorder using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Autism is typically diagnosed through observations, along with educational and psychological testing. The new test, named the Lange-Lainhart test

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  5. Cell Irregularity Linked to Autism in Kids

    Nov. 30, 2010 -- New research linking impaired mitochondrial function to autism appears to support the notion that the cellular irregularity plays a role in the disorder in at least a subset of patients. Known as the power plant of the cell, mitochondria are critical for converting nutrients into en

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  6. Safety First For Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    All parents worry about their children’s health, happiness, and general well-being, but parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities must often make extraordinary efforts to ensure that their sons and daughters are safe both inside and outside the hom

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  7. Considering Homeschooling Your Child on the Autism Spectrum?

    With the increase in the numbers of diagnosed children on the autism spectrum, schools are being challenged to provide proper educational services for these children. In Educating Children with Autism, the National Research Council (2002) recommended that educational programs for students with autis

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  8. Developmental Planning: An Introduction for Parents

    There is so much to learn and carefully consider during the first years of having an exceptional child. The amount of information to digest and decisions to be made are often overwhelming. What parents need is a map that helps them put it all together. Having a big picture or general framework to he

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  9. Put Sleep Difficulties to Bed: Advice for Parents of Children with Autism

    All parents intermittently deal with children who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. These temporary sleep difficulties are normal. However, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to have more ongoing sleep-related difficulties. The number of families affected varies from

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  10. Handwriting Problems Hard to Outgrow With Autism

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- Handwriting problems may be hard for children with autism to outgrow. A new study shows the handwriting problems that often affect children with autism are likely to persist into adolescence, but there may be strategies to help them compensate. Researchers found that teenagers with

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