The number of children diagnosed with autism has grown by almost 30 percent, from 1 in 88 children two years ago to 1 in 68 today, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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A large study from Sweden found that the children born to fathers aged 45 and older were at greater risk of having autism and several psychiatric disorders than the children whose fathers were in their early 20s.
Mothers of children with autism use different parenting techniques than mothers of children who don't have the developmental disorder, according to a new study. When parenting a child with autism, the moms rely less on discipline to enforce rules and more on reinforcing desired behaviors, which the researchers called "positive parenting."
Autism Speaks, the science and advocacy organization, has created a program to help service providers offer scholarships for swimming and water safety lessons for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The group hopes to improve safety and prevent drownings.
Researchers are testing a blood pressure drug on some European children to see if it improves the core symptoms of autism. The drug, bumetanide, has been tested in mice bred with a genetic risk for autism, and in rats exposed to a drug that can cause autism.
Kennedy Krieger Institute announces the appointment of Dr. Paul H. Lipkin as Director and Principal Investigator of the Interactive Autism Network, a national online autism registry and research enterprise.
Autism Speaks and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have joined forces to address wandering by people with autism.
A group of reviewers from the University of North Carolina has released a list of autism practices that they believe have enough research evidence behind them to show they work.
A new study looked at 85 children with autism spectrum disorder at different points in time from ages 2 to 19 to see if their intelligence scores as toddlers would predict the presence of intellectual disability in adulthood. About 85 percent of the time, researchers found that the early measurements did predict the presence of significant intellectual disabilities at age 19, according to a study published in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.1
Families often use complementary and alternative medicine for their children with autism and developmental delays, in addition to conventional therapies and treatments, a new study has found.