Autism spectrum disorders

Obesity a threat to adults with autism, but there may be help

(HealthDay)—Eating well and exercising regularly can be a challenge for anyone. But for those with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities, that challenge is exponentially greater.

Autism spectrum disorders

Autism: A spectrum on the path to segmentation

Autism is a multi-faceted disorder that cannot be identified by a single symptom or explained by a single biological cause. As a result, it is referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). People with ASD experience a wide ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Using video for the early detection of autism

Individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder often present communication issues and difficulties in social interactions. Although very frequent, this disorder is challenging to diagnose before the age of five. However, ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Sibling's likelihood of autism diagnosis impacted by age gap

Mothers of children with autism who delayed their subsequent pregnancy by 2.5 to three years reduced the likelihood of their next child also being diagnosed on the spectrum, new research shows.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Exposure to prenatal antipsychotics seems safe

(HealthDay)—Exposure to prenatal antipsychotics does not appear to be associated with an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or small for gestational age, ...

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The term "autism spectrum" is often used to describe disorders that are currently classified as pervasive developmental disorders. Pervasive developmental disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. These disorders are typically characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, and/or cognitive delays. Although these diagnoses share some common features, individuals with these disorders are thought to be "on the spectrum" because of differences in severity across these domains.

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