Recent Examples of autism from the Web
The real deal Professionally trained service dogs help people with impaired vision or hearing, seizures, diabetes, autism, Alzheimer’s and other conditions.
The two most urgent things for me concerned Reid, who is on the autism spectrum, running off and not being able to find him.
Researchers at UC Davis MIND Institute may have found a drug that can reverse symptoms of a rare genetic condition associated with autism.
Most of our readers will be familiar with Asperger’s or autism.
By studying how this part of the brain develops with age, Gomez hopes to learn more about the brains of people who have trouble recognizing faces into adulthood, as in the case of conditions like face blindness or autism, Coghlan reports.
Stewart is hosting Night of Too Many Stars, which airs Sunday, November 18 on HBO to raise funds for people with autism.
The new technique is equally important for neuroscientists who want to study normal brain development and the developmental origins of diseases such as autism, Thomason says.
About 50,000 people in Michigan are on the autism spectrum.
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Did You Know?
Autism, in its strict sense, becomes evident before the age of 3. The autistic child generally refuses to talk, becomes obsessive about toys, resists any change vehemently, and sometimes flies into unexplained rages. Autism is believed to be biological in origin, and seems to be related to several milder conditions such as Asperger's syndrome. As many as 1 in 100 children, mostly boys, may have autism, Asperger's, or a related condition. About one in ten autistic children turns out to have a remarkable mental gift, such as the ability to play a difficult piece on the piano after a single hearing or repair a complex machine without any training. Many autistic children seem to grow out of it as they become adults, and some autistic adults manage to live independently. Autistic is sometimes used loosely to describe a much more common kind of psychological withdrawal in adults.
medical Definition of autism
- But more than 60 years after it was first identified, autism remains mystifying and stubbornly difficult to treat. About the only thing parents, doctors and policy makers agree on is that the best chance for autistic children to develop social and language skills is to enroll them in some type of intensive behavioral therapy.
- —Benedict Carey, The New York Times, 27 Dec. 2004
- Although the chief diagnostic signs of autism are social isolation, lack of eye contact, poor language capacity and absence of empathy, other less well known symptoms are commonly evident. Many people with autism have problems understanding metaphors, sometimes interpreting them literally. They also have difficulty miming other people's actions.
- —Vilayanur S. Ramachandran et al., Scientific American, November 2006
- In approximately 10% of patients, autism can be explained by genetic syndromes and known chromosomal anomalies …
- —Lauren A Weiss et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 14 Feb. 2008
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