Behavior

Impaired Prediction Ability May Be Behind Autism

An inability to place behaviors in context — such as what usually comes before or after a smile, a cry or a shout — could be at the root of autism, researchers say.

Senator Wants Tracking Devices For Kids With Autism

A U.S. senator is asking the Justice Department to provide tracking devices to parents who wish to monitor their children with autism and other developmental disorders who wander.

Children Quick To Judge Peers With Autism, Study Finds

Kids often see their peers with autism as less friendly and less trustworthy, new research suggests, and they’re making these assessments quickly based on appearance alone.

For Boys With Autism, Video Gaming Can Be Problematic

Boys with autism are spending much more time playing video games than their typically developing peers and are at higher risk for gaming to be problematic or addictive, researchers say.

Low-Cost Autism Therapy Shows Promise

A simple, home-based therapy that relies on sensory stimulation could make a world of difference for kids with autism, a new study suggests.

Aggression A Struggle For 1 In 2 With Autism

More than half of kids and adolescents with autism are physically aggressive and new research suggests that sleep, sensory and other underlying issues may be responsible for the behaviors.

Animals Boost Socialization For Kids With Autism

Having a dog, cat or even a guinea pig nearby increases the chances that children with autism will engage socially with people around them, a new study suggests.

Autism May Be Detectable As Early As Six Months

Signs of autism may be apparent in children as young as six months, new research suggests.

Deep Brain Stimulation May Improve Autism Symptoms

In a first, doctors say electrodes implanted in the brain of a 13-year-old with severe autism alleviated the boy’s behaviors and allowed him to speak for the first time.

Families Deeply Impacted By Autism Aggression, Study Finds

Though aggression is not typical of everyone with autism, new research suggests that it affects many with the developmental disorder and brings significant and often lifelong challenges.

Bullying Takes Toll On Kids With Autism

Children with autism are experiencing high rates of bullying and face significant emotional consequences as a result, a new study finds.

ABA Therapy OK’d For More Military Kids

More military children with autism will soon have access to behavior therapy under a new government program, but not everyone is entirely pleased by the change.

Connecticut Shooting Raises Questions About Autism

News that the gunman responsible for the Connecticut school shooting last week was reportedly diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome is coming with a dose of caution from autism advocates.

Senators Want ABA Therapy Deemed ‘Essential’

Members of the U.S. Senate are pressuring the Obama administration to do more to require health insurers across the country to cover autism treatment.

Yoga May Improve Behavior In Kids With Autism

A simple, school-based yoga program can do wonders for kids with autism, researchers say, yielding gains in both behavior and socialization.

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