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  • Workshop report: Regression in autism
    17 April 2012
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    Studies suggest that a subset of children with autism make significant social and language gains in the first year of life, and then experience a dramatic loss of skills, termed regression. On 13 February, SFARI hosted a workshop to explore whether children with regression are a unique subgroup, and concluded that most children with autism show a gradual decline in skills rather than an abrupt loss of abilities.

  • Massive effort planned to map visual brain in mice
    16 April 2012
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    A ten-year initiative announced last month by the Allen Institute for Brain Science aims to catalog the development, structure and function of neural circuits in the brain at an unprecedented level of detail.

  • Maternal obesity
    13 April 2012
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    A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, made headlines this week by suggesting that motherhood obesity may increase the risk of autism in children.

  • Cognition and behavior: Language defect identified in autism
    13 April 2012
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    Children who have both autism and intellectual disability may understand fewer words than their speaking skills suggest, which is not the case for typically developing children or those with intellectual disability alone. The results were published 21 February in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

  • Study finds grammar tics in children with autism
    12 April 2012
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    Children with autism don’t follow certain grammatical rules, according to one of the few studies of the disorder from the field of linguistics.