MRI shows brain changes underlying language deficits in autism

EurekAlert! reports:

A significant new brain imaging study shows clear brain differences between autistic boys with language impairment and those with normal language development.

The study, published October 11, 2004, in the online edition of the Annals of Neurology, found that a language center of the brain — Broca’s area — is apparently normal in autistic boys who have normal language capabilities.

By contrast, autistic boys with language problems have brain changes that match those seen in non-autistic boys who suffer from a rare disorder called Specific Language Impairment (SLI).

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