Why are children and adults with autism more likely to be obese than other people? A new study sheds light on weight challenges for youth on the spectrum – and points to possible solutions.
Repetitive behavior and autism
Something very curious happens to some children with autism when they have a fever. Find out what it is, and what it may mean for our understanding of autism.
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.
Self-injury – hitting, scratching or biting oneself – is a particularly challenging behavior often found in autism. Find out what causes it, and what treatments can help.
Some of a child’s early symptoms of autism may be a
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.
Shared core deficits in the areas of communication, social behavior, and excessive repetitive behavior may predispose children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to display problem behavior.
Individuals with autism exhibit "being stuck" in a variety of ways: performing the same act again and again, repeatedly uttering the same phrase, insisting on the same routine or ritual, or obsessi
This section explores those behaviors and problems that are challenging to people with autism, their families and teachers.
Date First Published: April 2, 2007
Date Last Updated: October 30, 2008