Typically developing children begin to focus on human faces within the first few hours of life, and they learn to pick up social cues by paying special attention to other people’s eyes.
Children with autism, however, do not exhibit this sort of interest in eye-looking. In fact, a lack of eye contact is one of the diagnostic features of the disorder.
Autism advocates expected Obamacare to require insurers to cover treatment. But political pressure from states and insurers yielded a more ambiguous result.
Changes in the brains of children at high-risk for developing autism who later go on to develop the condition can be detected as early as six months of age, long before any signs of autistic behavior appear.
Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism as a child but went on to obtain a Ph.D. in animal science, is noted for her work exploring the similarities between autistic consciousness and the thought processes of animals — research that has led to improvements in livestock handling to reduce animal stress.
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It’s time to stop spending money looking for a link between vaccines and autism, says a co-founder of a new autism advocacy group called the Autism Science Foundation.
Many parents remain unnecessarily concerned that vaccines cause autism despite the results of a large number of studies that have found no evidence of such a link, said [...]
In Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, Dr. Offit examines the the theories of those who hold that vaccines cause autism.