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Shakespeare May Boost Autism Social Skills

New research suggests that reciting Shakespeare and participating in other drama exercises can make a big difference for kids with autism.

October 21, 2016
In a letter to the FDA, members of the U.S. Senate are urging the agency to move "expeditiously" to finalize a rule barring electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Urged To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

A group of U.S. senators is pushing the FDA to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

October 20, 2016

Bullying Often Triggers Fight Response In Kids With Disabilities

Children with disabilities are more likely than other kids to respond aggressively to bullying, researchers say, and they often attack not only those picking on them, but others as well.

October 11, 2016

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ABA Therapy Difficult To Access For Many Military Families

Lawmakers are speaking out after a change to reimbursement rates earlier this year left some military families struggling to get needed autism therapy for their children.

October 5, 2016
Individuals with developmental disabilities get some exercise and fresh air while hanging out in a courtyard at Quinlan Terrace, a residential facility in Chicago. Access to community-based services varies significantly from one state to the next, according to a new national ranking, which puts Arizona on top. Illinois falls near the bottom of the ranking and Mississippi is dead last for the tenth year running. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Ranking Names States With Best Disability Services

A new national ranking of developmental disability services finds states with top offerings coast to coast, but warns that a growing number of people are facing long waits for supports.

October 3, 2016

Virtual World Shows Promise For Teaching Social Skills

Engaging in social situations in a virtual environment may significantly improve real-world interactions for young people with autism, new research suggests.

September 27, 2016

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Study: Autism Moms Face Greater Risk Of Heart Disease

Raising a child with autism may take a deeper toll than previously thought with new research suggesting that such moms face a heightened risk of heart disease.

September 23, 2016

Autism Biobank Aims To Help Research

An ambitious effort to collect genetic information from thousands with autism could yield big answers about the disorder. That is, if researchers can attract enough participants.

September 16, 2016
New research suggests that iPad games may offer more than entertainment for kids, potentially serving as a tool to help spot those who are on the autism spectrum. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Can iPads Detect Signs Of Autism?

Tracking children's movement patterns while they play iPad games may be enough to identify which kids have autism, researchers say.

September 6, 2016

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Autism Genes Vary, Even Among Siblings

Within families with multiple kids on the spectrum, varying genetic roots are often at play, according to a new study that's highlighting just how complicated the developmental disorder is.

August 30, 2016
Taking a diabetes drug may reduce the risk of weight gain in children with autism who are prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests. (Thinkstock)

For Kids On The Spectrum, Drug May Keep Weight Gain At Bay

Weight gain is often a downside of taking medication to address autism symptoms, but a new study suggests that a commonly-used drug may counteract this unwanted side effect.

August 25, 2016
A man swims in the Trinity River in Dallas. Field tests in recent years have found river sediment with high levels of PCBs. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Banned Chemicals May Increase Autism Odds

Chemicals banned decades ago still appear to be lingering with a new study finding a significantly higher risk for autism among children exposed to certain compounds during pregnancy.

August 23, 2016

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