In autism, lost sleep means more than just a drowsy morning: it's linked to serious problems. A new study of children with autism shows that those who slept less also had lower intelligence scores and more severe autistic symptoms than kids who slept more.
Social skills and autism
This research report looks at the parents’ concerns about their teens’ online networking and purchasing behaviors, as well as their concerns regarding online bullying (cyberbullying).
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.
Most of us don't think twice about where to stand when talking to another person. We just know what's right. But for people with autism, this may not be automatic. They may stand too close to others and have other behaviors that are socially disabling.
From speech development to friendships, from genes to girls' experiences, you will find articles that explore the effect of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the health and social well-being of people with ASD and their families.
Connie Anderson, Ph.D.
IAN Community Scientific Liaison
Date First Published: May 27, 2011
One intervention many families consider is social skills training. A lack of intuitive social ability is a hallmark of autism. Social skills training is aimed at addressing the challenges that result, and often plays a central role in treatment plans.
The Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), an important instrument for measuring the social aspects of ASD, was added as a core IAN questionnaire in February, 2008.
Update: The Transporters is now available in a "North American" version.