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Humanoid Teaching Kids With ASD Social, Emotional Skills

Across the country, educators are incorporating lessons with a doll-like robot designed to help students with autism learn new vocabulary, calming techniques and other coping skills.

May 21, 2018

FDA Grants Fast-Track Status To Possible Autism Drug

For at least the second time this year, the Food and Drug Administration is moving to accelerate the approval process for a drug designed to address the core symptoms of autism.

May 17, 2018
Andrew Butler, left, lets his parents, Mark and Susan, know that he wants to leave and go for a car ride

Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression

A system that uses a digital wristband and a mobile app could someday predict outbursts among children with autism, allowing family members and helpers to prevent and prepare for episodes.

May 14, 2018

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ABA therapy session

How Geography Influences Autism Treatment

There are many treatment options for children with autism ranging from speech and behavioral therapy to medication, but which ones families choose appears to depend on where they live.

May 10, 2018
Child in an EEG cap

Test Predicts Autism In Babies As Young As 3 Months

New research suggests that a simple, inexpensive test may be able to accurately identify whether or not children as young as 3 months will go on to have autism.

May 3, 2018
Patty Lyons comforts her daughter, Adriana

Lack Of Quality Caregivers, Constant Turnover Tough On Families

Families of those with developmental disabilities are struggling to find trustworthy caregivers and, even when they do, it's often only a matter of time before the search begins again.

May 2, 2018

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Researchers Eye Controversial Marijuana Compound To Treat Severe Autism

A study will examine whether a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana can ease the most severe symptoms of autism, including seizures, self-injurious behavior and crippling anxiety.

May 1, 2018
Boy with autism playing

Autism Prevalence On The Rise, CDC Says

An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures.

April 26, 2018
A boy with autism stands in the field he wandered into

Despite Law, Funds To Address Wandering Remain In Limbo

A new law calls for the government to provide free tracking devices and other resources for kids with developmental disabilities who wander, but it's anyone's guess when that will happen.

April 23, 2018

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Asperger’s Controversial Past: Doctor Behind Syndrome Linked To Nazis

A new paper and a forthcoming book are bringing claims that the physician for whom Asperger's syndrome was named had ties to the Nazi Party and its euthanasia efforts.

April 20, 2018

Behavior Gains Possible In Adults With Autism, Study Finds

With intervention, adults with autism can see behavioral improvements, according to new research suggesting that the window of opportunity for gains may be longer than previously thought.

April 10, 2018

Charges Dropped Against Dad Implicated Via Facilitated Communication

Prosecutors dropped charges against the father of a boy with special needs who spent 35 days in jail after his son's teacher used a largely discredited method to claim the boy was abused.

April 6, 2018

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