Treating suspected autism at 12 months of age improves children’s language skills

Therapies given to infants before they receive a diagnosis of autism may lead to important improvements in their language abilities, according to our new research published today in the journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. Children with autism typically begin therapy after receiving a diagnosis, which usually doesn’t occur until at least two years of [...]

By |2019-11-11T14:29:28+11:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How a Minecraft world has built a safe online playground for autistic kids

For autistic children, online social interactions can be just as fraught as those in the offline world. The community at Autcraft, which is built around a customised version of the popular game Minecraft, has set out to create a safe virtual playground. In the process, they may be demonstrating the kind of filtered, structured environment [...]

By |2019-10-08T12:47:00+11:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We need to stop perpetuating the myth that children grow out of autism

Around 1% of the population has an autism spectrum disorder, with estimates ranging from one in 150 to one in 70. While people differ in the range and severity of their symptoms, common features include difficulties with communication and social interaction, restrictive and repetitive behaviours and interests, and sensory sensitivities. According to the 2017 Autism [...]

By |2019-09-16T13:02:38+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

5 tips for helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder develop communication skills

We are researchers who coach parents to communicate with children with disabilities. Here are five strategies families can use to help children with autism spectrum disorder build their communication skills, along with examples of how to use them. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children nationwide. 1. Motivate the child to communicate Create opportunities [...]

By |2019-08-19T14:04:31+10:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Eating disorders can mask autism in girls

There has been increasing awareness recently that many girls on the autism spectrum are overlooked until much later in life, which can be the source of confusion and distress for the girls themselves and those who care for them. The reason behind this has been rightfully attributed to girls with autism presenting differently to a [...]

By |2019-06-24T12:02:09+10:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: ASD, Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |0 Comments