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Tag: behavioral interventions

March 2019
Light coming into bedroom at night might cause sleep disruption

Autistic children’s sleep problems may stem from sensory issues

by  /  20 March 2019

Heightened sensory perception in toddlers with autism may predict sleep problems at around age 7.

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Child with educational toys

Latest test of promising autism therapy shows only mild benefits

by  /  14 March 2019

A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model, may not be as effective as its creators had hoped.

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Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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February 2019
brain made of thread shows OCD loop in colored thread

Untangling the ties between autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder

by  /  27 February 2019

Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder frequently accompany each other; Scientists are studying both to understand how they differ.

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Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

by  /  20 February 2019

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.

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headshots of Connie Kasari, Matthew Seigel, Carol Greenburg, Benjamin Alexander, and Deborah Fein

What defines ‘success’ for autism treatments?

12 February 2019

Three autism researchers and two autistic people describe how they define a successful therapy for the condition.

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January 2019

How to offer support for young autistic children in South Africa

by ,  /  22 January 2019

Coaching caregivers in early-intervention strategies may be the most effective way to help young autistic children in South Africa.

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November 2018
Feet of a child on a scale, weighing in at 86 pounds.

Obesity risk tracks with severity of autism traits, study suggests

by  /  22 November 2018

The latest study to show that autistic children tend to be overweight suggests that the risk is greatest for those at the severe end of the spectrum.

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Drawing shows robot making a surprised face to mimic human emotion.

Intelligent robots could prove to be a boon for autism therapies

by ,  /  13 November 2018

Robots may one day help therapists analyze behaviors and devise personalized sessions for autistic children.

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A drawing shows the word 'autism' formed of loose letters under a magnifying glass.

Autism diagnosis, explained

by  /  5 November 2018

New and improved autism screens and diagnostic tools promise to streamline the long path to an autism diagnosis.

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