For the first time in 15 years, a major psychiatric organization is updating its practice guidelines for treating kids and adolescents with autism.
Despite a heavy emphasis on expanded screening for autism, a new study suggests that little is known about whether such efforts are leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Struggling to help their son with autism, a Colorado family turned to a convicted murderer to train a service dog and the unconventional approach is paying off.
A new federally-funded review of thousands of studies finds that there are more than two dozen autism interventions worthy of being called “evidence-based.”
A little remarked upon requirement in the health law expands treatments for those with developmental disabilities. But experts are concerned that insurers may find ways to skirt the new rule.
Many parents are turning to unproven treatments to help their kids with autism and other developmental delays, a new study finds, including some methods that carry serious risks.
A revamped screening tool that relies on parents answering just 20 questions is far more accurate than previous assessments at helping flag young kids at risk for autism, researchers say.
Weeks after being told they would have to give up the therapy chickens that have helped their son with autism come out of his shell, a Florida family has been granted a reprieve.
J.J. Hart has autism and used to say little, stare into space and throw tantrums. That all changed when his family took in three hens, but they may soon be forced to give the animals up.
A therapy that uses play to teach children with autism to tolerate sound, touch and other potentially-challenging sensory experiences can be beneficial, new research suggests.
New evidence suggests that a nasal spray of a naturally-occurring hormone may help improve socialization among children with autism.
Kids with autism may be able to learn to speak later than previously thought and researchers say that iPads could be key.
Autism can be detected in infants as young as 2 months by tracking their eye movements, researchers say, marking the earliest signs of the developmental disorder ever observed.
One of the world’s largest drugmakers will pay to settle allegations that it marketed powerful psychiatric drugs to treat kids with developmental disabilities and for other unapproved uses.
Despite limited evidence supporting the practice, researchers say nearly two-thirds of children with autism are taking at least one psychotropic drug.