Health & Behavior

Birth Control Options Stressed For Teens With Disabilities

Doctors are getting a reminder that adolescents with developmental disabilities are interested in sex too and their need for guidance and contraception should not be overlooked.

Young People With Autism More Sedentary, Study Finds

Children with autism are far less physically active than their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

New Details Emerge On Autism Treatment Mandate

Federal officials are taking steps to clarify new requirements surrounding Medicaid coverage of autism treatments.

Taking Iron During Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk In Half

A nutrient deficiency that’s common among pregnant women could impact the odds of giving birth to a child with autism, researchers say.

Study Points To More Reliable Autism Test

Assessing how quickly the brain responds to sights and sounds could offer a more precise and earlier method to diagnose autism, new research suggests.

Court Rejects Wakefield Lawsuit

Andrew Wakefield, whose now-discredited research first sparked concerns of a link between autism and vaccines, cannot pursue a defamation claim related to the matter, a court has ruled.

For Adults With Autism, ABA Coverage Scarce

As insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis becomes increasingly available for children, options remain limited for adults on the spectrum.

States Move Forward With Expanded ABA Coverage

Months after federal officials ordered them to do so, states are starting to include coverage of treatments like ABA for kids with autism within their Medicaid programs.

Autism Services Focus Of New Push

Federal officials say they’re embarking on a new effort to identify best practices to meet the needs of individuals with autism from childhood to adulthood.

Nearly 8 In 10 Kids Don’t Get Developmental Screenings

The vast majority of American children may not be receiving recommended screenings for developmental delay, the CDC says.

Therapy For Infants May Stave Off Autism

An intervention for kids exhibiting signs of autism as young as 6 months is showing promise, researchers say, with most infants in a new study shedding their delays.

Kids With Autism See Big Gains With Tablets

Even with intervention, many children with autism continue to struggle with communication, but new research suggests that using iPads and other tablets can help maximize language skills.

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