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  1. Parenting Adolescents with Autism

    Adolescents on the autism spectrum have unique challenges that are often hard for their parents, teachers, and peers to understand. While adolescence is a difficult time for most people, it is especially tough for teens who struggle to understand ever-changing social expectations. We all remember th

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  2. Jaundice in Newborns May Be Linked to Autism

    Oct. 11, 2010 -- As many as 60% of full-term newborns and 80% of babies born prematurely develop jaundice in their first few days of life. Now new research suggests the condition may be linked to a higher risk for autism. Babies with jaundice develop yellowish skin due to excess of the chemical bili

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  3. Cognitive Skills in Kids With Autism May Improve With Time

    Sept 15, 2010 -- Many of the behavioral signs of autism spectrum disorder ebb and flow throughout childhood, but less was known about the trajectory of cognitive skills among these children. Now, a new study shows that patterns of cognitive skills, including being able to appreciate another person's

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  4. CDC Study Shows No Vaccine, Autism Link

    Sept. 13, 2010 -- Exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy or in the womb is not associated with an increased risk for developing autism, according to a new study from the CDC. Children in the study who developed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) actually had less exposure to vaccines with

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  5. Parents of Autistic Kids at Risk of Divorce?

    Aug. 6, 2010 -- Parents of children with autism may be more likely to divorce when their children reach adolescence or young adulthood than parents of children without this or other developmental  disabilities, finds a new study in the August issue of the Journal of Family Psychology. Despite this i

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  6. Picky Eating by Autistic Kids Won't Affect Growth

    July 19, 2010 -- Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to be extremely picky when it comes to what they will or won't eat, but new research shows that it doesn't seem to affect their growth and development. The findings appear in the August issue of Pediatrics. "Although the autism spectrum di

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  7. Speech Patterns May ID Kids With Autism

    July 19, 2010 -- Researchers have developed a new technology that uses the vocal recordings of children to assess their speech patterns and helps in identifying who has autism spectrum disorder or language delay, according to a report. The new tool could have an impact on how children are screened f

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  8. Genetic Mutations May Be Key Cause of Autism

    June 9, 2010 -- Accumulation of rare DNA mutations in genes affecting brain function appears to be a major cause of autism, a large international study suggests. "This will lead to a paradigm shift in understanding causes of autism," study researcher Stephen Scherer, PHD, of Toronto's Hospital for S

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  9. Kids' Autism Not Helped by Parent Training Alone

    May 20, 2010 - Training parents to adapt communication to their child's impairments doesn't affect the child's autism but does help the parent-child relationship, U.K. researchers find. The rigorous study is drawing praise from experts, as relatively few studies of autism treatment have been so care

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  10. 'Autism Diet' May Not Improve Symptoms

    May 19, 2010 --The so-called autism diet -- a gluten-free, casein-free eating plan -- does not appear to improve the symptoms of children with the group of neurodevelopmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorder or ASD, according to a new study. About one in 110 U.S. children has ASD, which i

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