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Introduction to Autism

Autism and Related Pervasive Developmental Disorders

A Neurological Illness Characterized by Social, Communication and Behavioral Deficits

Autism is a neurological disorder (a “brain” disease) characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. It is the most well known of several pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) diagnoses which begin in early childhood and continue throughout life, affecting most every aspect of life along the way. While autistic peoples’ cognitive (thinking and language) and social skills are typically developmentally delayed compared to their peers, their motor (movement) skills develop in a more normal fashion.

Autism — In The News
Autism-Linked Genes May Be Tied to Slightly Higher IQ

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Genes believed to increase the risk of autism may also be linked with higher intelligence, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the DNA of nearly 10,000 people in Scotland and also tested their thinking abilities. On average, those who had genes associated... Read More

'Play' May Be More Stressful for Kids With Autism: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism appear to approach play differently than typically developing children, a recent study contends. "Children with autism lack a social component to their play and don't 'adjust' their play accordingly when another is involved," said study co-author Blythe Corbett, an... Read More

Program for 1-Year-Olds Tries to Lessen Autism's Impact

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of 1-year-olds who appear to be at risk for autism can take simple steps to help them improve, a new study says. Researchers identified 18 families with 1-year-old children with possible signs of autism. At this age, full-blown symptoms of autism are... Read More

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The Loneliness Of Alexithymia

“She was a thirty year old married woman who had lost her job for no reason she could understand. In fact, while still working other people shunned her, never... Read More

What Is Asperger's Syndrome?

Fictionalized Case Studies: A. “Even though she was a married adult, the entire family came for family therapy in order to understand the family dysfunctions that might be contributing... Read More


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