This year, autism research saw a much bigger focus on family members of those with autism, particularly siblings. The goal of these studies is to understand the genetic and biological nature of autism so that help can be provided not just to those with a diagnosis, but to family members.
Siblings and autism
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stepped into a minefield when he diagnosed himself as being on the autism spectrum – "on a very drawn out scale." He complained of problems with social engagement and understanding figures of speech. Were these faint whispers of autism he described similar to the Broad Autism Phenotype?
Watch an IAN video of psychologist Fiona Miller, Ph.D., discussing her research on the experiences of parents raising children with autism.
Significant new research findings just published in the American Journal of Psychiatry include a higher than expected rate of language delay, sometimes with autistic features, in siblings
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Preliminary analysis shows that younger children with ASDs tend to be taller, and older children with ASD tend to be heavier, than their unaffected siblings.