A new study suggests that children with autism may have two different and unrelated types of sensory problems, not one as currently believed. The study involves families in the Interactive Autism Network and Simons Simplex Collection.
Children with autism often share an unusual relationship to sound, either ignoring or fearing it. Scientists have many questions about it. Chief among them: What causes sound sensitivity in autism and what treatments work? How does this affect someone's ability to engage in everyday life?
Studies say that children and adults with autism are at risk for an inactive lifestyle and obesity. While the reasons are subject to debate, it's clear that people with ASD often face unique challenges to physical fitness.
Some of a child’s early symptoms of autism may be among the most puzzling to parents: hand-flapping, rocking, lining up toys, or finding the whirling blades of a fan more interesting than the world around him. Psychologists call these repetitive and restricted behaviors. Guidelines for diagnosing autism now place a greater emphasis on these behaviors.
Sensory-based approaches to treating Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) concentrate on correcting or improving the body’s abnormal response to external stimuli.
Individuals with autism often experience significant challenges in areas other than social and communication skills, and repetitive behaviors and obsessions. These issues include:
Motor skills are skills, usually mastered in early childhood, that involve your ability to effectively use large and small muscles.
We know that individuals with ASDs struggle to navigate the social world with an impaired “social sense.” The way the world is experienced through other senses is also often off kilter.