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Tag: Broad Autism Phenotype

June 2015

Large Swedish study casts doubt on autism ‘epidemic’

by  /  12 June 2015

Although increasing numbers of people are receiving an autism diagnosis, the proportion of the population with autism symptoms has remained steady. This finding, from a study of more than 1 million Swedish children, backs the theory that autism’s rise stems from greater awareness of the disorder.

November 2014

Minute patterns of movement mark autism parents

by  /  16 November 2014

Children with autism and their parents share movement patterns imperceptible to the human eye, according to unpublished results presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Social language lapses hint at syndrome distinct from autism

by  /  4 November 2014

Some siblings of children with autism have social language impairments that may signal another, more controversial disorder.

October 2014

Word grasp at 12 months may reflect autism symptoms

by  /  24 October 2014

Children later diagnosed with autism understand different types of words at 12 months of age than their typically developing peers, according to unpublished research presented Tuesday at the Autism Consortium Research Symposium in Boston.

September 2014

Some siblings of people with autism have troubles as adults

by  /  19 September 2014

Some siblings of people with autism struggle in adulthood with employment, relationships and mental health, according to new research.

May 2014

Some infants at risk of autism show improvements at 9 months

by  /  17 May 2014

Some infant siblings of children with autism initially behave like children with the disorder, but show improvements in their social skills around 9 months of age. The unpublished research, presented yesterday at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta, suggests that these children possess a “resilience” that keeps them from developing autism. 

April 2014

Even ‘baby sibs’ without autism show delays in first year

by  /  10 April 2014

Among the younger siblings of children with autism who do not have the disorder themselves, more than one-quarter show developmental delays at their first birthday, according to a study published in April.

March 2014

Researchers dispute value of self-reports for autism traits

by  /  18 March 2014

Self-administered questionnaires for adults in the general population may not distinguish between traits of autism and other conditions, suggests a provocative study published 17 December in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

November 2013

Mild traits of autism may shift with cultures, study says

by  /  4 November 2013

The American definition of autism travels well in the U.K. and Finland, but cultural differences in Finland affect how mild symptoms of the disorder are interpreted, according to a new study published 10 October in the journal Autism.

October 2013

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum reviews high-risk infant studies

30 October 2013

Watch the complete replay of Lonnie Zwaigenbaum discussing what studying siblings of individuals with autism can tell us about risk and early detection of the disorder. Submit follow-up questions.