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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
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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

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

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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

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

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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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‘Sesame Street’ Expands Autism Focus

On television, online and at their theme park, the people behind "Sesame Street" say they are adding more resources and increasing efforts to include kids on the spectrum.

April 5, 2018

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Kids’ Show Features Cast With Autism

A first-of-its-kind kids' show with a star and core cast who are all on the autism spectrum is making its television debut.

April 3, 2018

Remote Assessments Could Speed Autism Diagnosis

A trip to the doctor's office to get an autism diagnosis may one day be unnecessary, with new research finding that the disorder can be accurately identified in many kids via telemedicine.

March 30, 2018

Students With Special Needs Face Suspicion After School Shooting

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla. massacre, some students with disabilities are being taunted or callously pegged by others as being the next school shooter, parents and experts say.

March 30, 2018

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