Autism Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

Evoking Monet, Paintings From This 4-Year-Old With Autism Are Stunning [VIDEO]

By | Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:23

Despite having autism, 4-year-old Iris creates amazing paintings, which have gone on to sell for thousands of dollars.

Kids Pour Urine And Feces On Autistic Teen In Sick Ice Bucket Challenge 'Joke' [VIDEO]

By | Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:39

A group of kids used the Ice Bucket Challenge to trick an autistic teen into having bodily fluids poured over him.

The New Signature Of Autistic Brains: Too Many Synapses

By | Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:15

Children and teens with autism have a surplus of synapses, and this excess is due to a slowdown in the normal "pruning" process of brain development.

Why People With Autism Are At Higher Risk For Sexual Abuse

By | Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:41

Most of the autistic participants in a recent study reported being sexually victimized. They also reported getting their sex knowledge from television.

Autistic Children Have Less Flexible Brains

By | Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00

The repetitive, inflexible behaviors of children with autism may be linked to inflexible circuits in the brain, according to new research from Stanford.

How A Mutated Gene May Cause Autism And Intellectual Disability

By | Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00

The mutation of a single gene may cause autism, intellectual disability, or seizures. A better understanding could lead to new treatments, doctors say.

Parents Call It Quits On Reproduction After Autism Diagnosis

By | Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:00

Autism spectrum disorder is one of the great mysteries plaguing the medical community, especially since it's exploded over the last 30 years.

Google Helps Launch World’s Biggest Autism Database

By | Tue, 06/10/2014 - 19:38

In the hopes of improving autism research, Autism Speaks and Google have gathered together to create a giant database that would hold genomic sequence information about patients.

How One Key Gene Could Cause Brain Disability In Children

By | Tue, 06/10/2014 - 19:00

A single gene mutation has been identified as the cause of a rare disorder resulting in smaller brains. Could the gene also be the key to solving other disorders, including autism?

How Mice With Mohawks Inspired An Autism Discovery

By | Mon, 05/26/2014 - 16:13

A new study using mice with mohawks determined that strange grooming behavior is linked to two important brain signals. Genetic research could someday help balance those signals and alleviate signs of autism.

Serial Killers More Likely To Have Autism, Head Trauma, Or Psychosocial Issues

By | Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:02

What makes a serial killer commit so many murders? New research explores this, finding some surprising correlations.

Autistic Boy Thrives After Using Customized Medical Marijuana Strain

By | Sat, 05/03/2014 - 17:50

An autistic boy has seen major health improvements after taking his own strain of medical marijuana for several years.

Autism’s 'Surprising' Link To The Environment

By | Sat, 05/03/2014 - 13:36

Yet another study has linked autism to environmental factors, stating that they are just as important as genetics in determining the cause of the disorder.

Children With Autism Are More Likely To Suffer From Digestive Problems

By | Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:54

Autistic children are four times more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Inducing Labor Won't Give Your Child Autism

By | Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:47

Use of the hormone oxytocin for inducing or augmenting labor does not lead to the development of an autism spectrum disorder, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.