Health & Behavior

Motor Skills Lagging In Many With Autism

In addition to social and communication struggles, a new study finds that children with autism are often up to a year behind their typically developing peers in acquiring motor skills.

Telemedicine Shows Promise For ABA Therapy

Using web-based technology to teach parents the strategies of applied behavior analysis could offer big gains for kids with autism, new research suggests.

Debate Surrounds Condition That Mimics Psychiatric Disorders

Experts say that treatable infections may be behind a growing number of children developing symptoms of psychological disorders seemingly overnight, but the idea remains controversial.

NIH Seeking Public Comment On DSM Autism Update

Nearly a year after new diagnostic criteria for autism took effect, the National Institutes of Health is asking everyone from families to health experts to weigh in on the changes.

Home Videos May Allow For Quicker Autism Diagnosis

Using YouTube videos, researchers say they’ve identified a new approach to autism screening that could significantly speed up the path to diagnosis.

Study Finds Inpatient Autism Treatment On The Rise

The number of children with autism who are being hospitalized — often due to mental health concerns — is on the rise, particularly among teens with the developmental disorder.

Federal Autism Panel Raises Concerns Over DSM Changes

A federal advisory panel is urging clinicians to be careful when applying new diagnostic criteria for autism in order to ensure that no one is denied needed services.

Report Finds Access To Mental Health Care Uneven

The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live.

Feds Double Down On Developmental Screening

With a new initiative, the Obama administration is looking to expand developmental and behavioral screening for children across the country.

Autism Rates Spike Again, CDC Says

The federal government is revising its official autism prevalence estimate upward to reflect a 30 percent increase over numbers reported just two years ago.

Study Finds Autism Originates During Pregnancy

New research is offering evidence that autism is linked to differences in the brain that emerge during pregnancy.

Behavior Problems May Be Best Addressed At Pediatrician

Kids are much more likely to participate in behavioral and mental health treatment when they can access it directly at their pediatrician’s office, a new study finds.

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