By alex on October 31, 2005Jaiden.net reports: "Brian Scassellati is a robotics researcher in Yale's computer-science department, and is part of an interdisciplinary group on campus that includes doctors and others. Part of his contribution has been to build very simple robotic heads -- more like smart toys -- then to watch how different children, autistic and nonautistic, respond to them.
"These devices can be programmed to monitor where the child is, or whether the...
By alex on May 29, 2005From Forbes:
Autism's sharp rise is, in large part, a matter of definitions. Is a child with severe learning problems autistic? What about a child who is insensitive in social situations? What about children who have trouble communicating or seem to retreat into their own shells? These days a large number of children who fit any of those descriptions are likely to be tagged with the autism label, or their parents will be told that they have a...
By alex on May 11, 2005In this article from WebMD Medical News, Autism researchers state they are closer then ever to developing a blood test for Autism. In addition to delivering conclusive results to adults and child who wonder if they are autistic, the blood tests could be use to discover autism in newborns leading to earlier intervention.
By alex on May 3, 2005A recent study by Canadian researchers has revealed that certain behavioral traits in infants, some as young as 12 months can predict whether a child will develop autism in later life.
The study, which appears in the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, states that certain traits like not smiling in response to the smiles of others or not responding when one's name is called are some of the indications that can tell whether a...
By alex on May 2, 2005The challenge of treating autism lies in identifying the disorder at an early age.
"The sooner the diagnosis, the better outcome you are going to have," said Lewes pediatrician Dr. Jay Ludwicki.
He said parents should rely on children's well checks to diagnose symptoms, which generally present themselves by 15 and 18 months and as early as 12 months. Those symptoms can range depending on the degree of the neurological disorder, which...
By alex on February 10, 2005The number of children diagnosed with some form of autism has been skyrocketing. Several drugs are helpful in treating behavioral symptoms that come with the disorders. Dr. Dean Edell reports on a drug-free treatment that changes lives.
By alex on July 26, 2004Zongoo.com writes: Asperger's Disorder is often misdiagnosed as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), though evident as early as age 3 (while pathological narcissism cannot be safely diagnosed prior to early adolescence).
By alex on July 23, 2004First-ever reduction in autism diagnoses in California appears to reinforce theory of link with mercury poisoning