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.
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.
The new health care law requires coverage of therapies that help people with disabilities acquire speech, mobility and other skills, but what that will mean in practice remains murky.
Despite limited evidence supporting the practice, researchers say nearly two-thirds of children with autism are taking at least one psychotropic drug.
A first-of-its-kind research network is forming with an eye toward better understanding autism by studying kids who are most severely affected by the developmental disorder.
With state health insurance exchanges now open for business, advocates say they expect plans available in only about half of states to cover autism therapy.
Three months after receiving a new kidney, a girl who made national headlines when her parents said she was initially denied a transplant due to her intellectual disability is now doing well.
Individuals with autism are no more likely to have celiac disease than those without the developmental disorder, according to findings from a large new study.
It’s the leading cause of inherited intellectual disability and often co-occurs with autism, but a new study finds that many educators and therapists know little about fragile X syndrome.
Despite an increased risk for complications from the flu, many children with intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and other disorders are not vaccinated to protect against the virus.
A physician and three professors are trying to change how emergency rooms treat patients with autism as hospitals feel the effects of an exploding population of patients with the disorder.
A new study suggests that medications often prescribed to individuals with developmental disabilities are associated with a significantly heightened risk for diabetes.
Federal regulators are warning consumers that a therapy often marketed for treating autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions is unproven and may “endanger their health.”