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Articles & JournalsNew Study May Help Diagnose Autism Earlier

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A blood-based measure could lead to a clinical test that could spot signs of autism in boys just 1 or 2 years old, a new study has found, a finding that could help children with autism get the help they need earlier on. The study, conducted by an international team led by UC San Diego […]

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Articles & JournalsAutism risk genes also linked to higher intelligence

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Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study suggests. Researchers have found new evidence linking genetic factors associated with autism to better cognitive ability in people who do not have the condition.   The relationship between autism and intelligence is not clear, researchers say. Although […]

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Articles & JournalsDiscrete Trial Training

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Discrete Trial Training “Discrete Trial Training is one of the most important instructional methods for children with autism” – Smith (2001, p.86) What is Discrete Trial Training? Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a method of teaching in simplified and structured steps. Instead of teaching an entire skill in one go, the skill is broken down […]

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Articles & JournalsDSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition)

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What are the changes from DSM -IV? – Diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will be given instead of autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) – There were 3 main pillars of impairments has been reduced to 2 social communication and interaction restricted, repetitive patterns of […]

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Articles & JournalsLink Between tiny gene fragments and brain development in Autism

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Tiny, poorly understood gene fragments are linked to altered brain development in autism, according to new research from scientists at the University of Toronto. Their study, published in the journal Cell, focuses on small segments called microexons. Microexons are tiny stretches of DNA that code for equally tiny parts of proteins. Until now, only a […]

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Articles & JournalsTreatment for Autism

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Scientists agree that the earlier a child receives early intervention services the better the child’s prognosis. All children with autism can benefit from early intervention, and some may gain enough skills to be able to attend a mainstream school. The most effective treatments available today are applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and occupational, speech and physical therapy, which […]

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Articles & JournalsA link between preeclampsia and Autism

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Autism linked to preeclampsia, study suggests Researchers in California have discovered a link between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and preeclampsia. A study of more than 1,000 children between the ages of two and three found that children diagnosed with ASD were more than twice as likely to have been exposed to preeclampsia in the womb. […]

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Articles & JournalsFragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

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People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers. Fragile X Syndrome is the most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders. It affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. Currently, there is […]

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Articles & JournalsCauses of Autism

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  No one is sure what causes autism. Through twin studies, scientists have determined that autism is a genetically based condition. For example, if one identical twin has autism then there is an 80-90% chance that the other twin will also be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  The chance that fraternal twins will both be […]

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Articles & Journals10 Questions to find out if your child is at risk of autism

Answer these simple questions to find out if you child may be at risk of Autism. Email your answers to info@autismstep.com and we will provide you with feedback to your answers.   1. If you point at something across the room, does your child look at it? Yes No   2. Have you ever thought […]

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