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AIC@IAN Articles

Check back often to see new articles devoted to the unique concerns of those with family members who have experienced severe behavioral and medical issues.


The Neglected End of the Autism Spectrum: People with Little Speech: From 25 to 30 percent of people with autism speak few or no words. Why do we know so little about them?

Challenging Behaviors

What's Really Behind Challenging Behavior in Autism? An AIC study explores a "prevailing assumption" about a link between speech difficulties and behavior in autism.

Challenging Behavior in Autism: Self-Injury. Self-injury can be one of the most challenging behaviors found in autism. What causes it, and what treatments work?

Diagnosing and Treating Extreme Behavior in Children with Autism. Some children with autism face serious problems in having their medical, dental, and behavioral problems diagnosed and treated.

Help Wanted: Mental Health Provider, Experience with Autism Preferred. Have you struggled to find a mental health provider who really knows autism?

Diagnosing Depression in Autism. Depression is a common, and sometimes overlooked, problem in autism. Psychiatrists from one hospital in the Autism Inpatient Collection discuss the challenges of depression.

Treatments and Therapies

What Can We Learn from Studying Severe Autism? What are we learning from AIC research?

Abuse and PTSD Among Youth with Autism: One in four youth with autism in the AIC study had a history of abuse, and several developed PTSD.

The Link between Autism and Suicide Risk AIC researchers are among those trying to discover why people with autism have a higher risk of suicide, and how healthcare providers can help those in crisis.

What Puts Youth with Autism at Risk for Being Hospitalized? AIC researchers find five risk factors for being hospitalized. Will knowing these risks help prevent a hospital stay?

Antipsychotics and Autism: Weighing the Benefits, Eyeing the Risks. Antipsychotic drugs have become something of a "go-to" treatment for the most severe behavior in autism. They're prescribed frequently to children and adults. What are the risks and benefits?

Something About a Horse: Finding Benefits in Therapeutic Riding. Dr. Robin Gabriels, an investigator with the AIC, looks at therapeutic horseback riding for autism in her latest study.

Diagnosis: Depression. Now what? What depression treatments work for people who also have autism?

Features and Profiles

Dr. Carla Mazefsky: Studying Autism Across the Spectrum