Research Articles

August 01, 2022

Eye Contact is Not Necessary for Joint Attention According to New Research

Finding Raises Question If Children with ASD Actually Have Joint Attention Deficits The ability to achieve joint attention is fundamental to a child’s development. It is a critical step that encompasses learning about environments, supporting language development, and object word learning. Joint attention has long been assumed to be impaired in children with autism, but […]

July 11, 2022

Approximately 1 in 30 Children and Adolescents in the United States Have Autism

New Study Reports that ASD Rates Jumped More Than 50% from 2017 to 2020 A recent research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that the overall autism spectrum disorder (ASD) rate for American children ages 3 to 17 in 2019 and 2020 has risen to 3.14%. When separating data by year, the results show the […]

July 04, 2022

2 New Studies Link Mother’s Blood to a Specific Type of ASD

Research from the MIND Institute Focuses on Maternal Autoantibody-Related Autism One of the immune system’s most critical functions is to distinguish between organisms that are self and non-self. If this determination process malfunctions, the body may form proteins called autoantibodies. In simple terms, autoantibodies are antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues, cells, or cell […]

June 27, 2022

Can Exposure to Cooking Oil Fumes in Pregnancy Be Linked to Autism-Like Behaviors in Preschool Children?

New Research from China Suggests It Can A team of Chinese researchers found that maternal cooking oil fumes (COF) exposure during pregnancy was associated with the presence of autism-like behaviors in their offspring by the time they reach preschool. The authors also discovered that the association depended on a dose-response relationship between the frequency of […]

June 06, 2022

Dental Sealants and Flouride Varnish Prevent Tooth Decay for Children with ASD

Long Term Study Shows Preventative Measures Work Better in Combination Children with autism often have poor oral health and are at greater risk for gingivitis, tooth decay, and cavities. To make matters worse, kids on the spectrum are frequently distressed at dental appointments since it often includes experiencing several noises, smells, vibrations, and visual stimuli […]

May 22, 2022

It’s Not Just the U.S., Global Autism Rates Continue to Climb

New Study Shows 1 in 100 Children Are Diagnosed with ASD Around the World Recent research shows approximately 100 in 10,000 – or 1 in 100 – children across the globe hold an autism diagnosis. This figure comes from a new systematic review of 99 prevalence estimates from 34 countries.  A decade ago, the global […]

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