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Speech disturbs face scanning in infants who develop ASD

A new study from researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine reports on some early indicators that a child may later be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The researchers found that 6-month-old infants who were later diagnosed … Continue reading

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Early signs of autism and the infant’s gaze

A recent study, reported in Nature, has shown declining eye contact from as young as two months in infants who were later diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. This has important implications for early diagnosis and treatment. The study followed 110 … Continue reading

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Autism, trust and a Theory of Mind

The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest reports on a small scale study that aimed to look at the way that children with autism trust others. The study compared a group of children with autistic spectrum disorder with a control group … Continue reading

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UK prevalence rates for autism level off

A recent study has looked at the prevalence of autism in 8-year-old children within the UK and has found that ‘the incidence and prevalence rates…reached a plateau in the early 2000s and remained steady through 2010’. The study found that … Continue reading

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Sleep patterns in children with autistic spectrum disorders

A UK study has shown significantly reduced durations of sleep for children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) from the age of 30 months onwards This was a prospective longitudinal study that looked at a cohort of children born in … Continue reading

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