Two-thirds of autism research funding in New Zealand is directed at biology and genetics. The autism community says improving support services and quality of life should be the priorities.
Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of toxic pollutants that can be harmful to both the lungs and the brain.
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Pollution from more frequent floods and wildfires – exacerbated by the warming climate – is threatening human health and poses particular risks to the brain.
New research dispels the myth that gut bacteria causes autism. Rather, changes in the gut bacteria of some people with autism are driven by restricted diets or ‘picky eating’.
It is often at primary school that symptoms of neurodiverse conditions first come to light.
These children are not getting the help they need to thrive at school and at home.
While most children still had some level of developmental difficulties, the therapy boosted their social communication skills, leaving them less likely to meet the criteria for an autism diagnosis.
Studying trends in public adverse event reporting could help researchers address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.
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Anti-vaccine activists are using the side effect reporting system to spread fear and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. But the database could also be used as a gauge for public concerns.
Treating children’s mental health symptoms, even without a diagnosis, can be beneficial.
Not every child with mental health difficulties has a diagnosis. An approach that focuses on symptoms rather than diagnostic labels can help support children who could benefit from treatment.
Articles suggesting a link between autism and radicalisation can lead to unfair targeting.
Grossly oversimplified coverage risks serious damage to some of the most vulnerable in society.
Einstein thought imagination was crucial.
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Are you good at changing perspectives? If so, it may benefit you in more ways than you imagine.
Autism awareness campaigns often portray autistic people negatively as mysterious puzzles to be solved. In contrast, the rainbow infinity symbol celebrates neurodiversity.
Instead of supporting autism through awareness campaigns that may portray autistic people negatively, consider learning about initiatives led by autistic people themselves. Here are five ways to start.
The colors in this microscope photo of a fruit fly brain show different types of neurons and the cells that surround them in the brain.
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Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.
Some children with autism have learned to express themselves emotionally through music.
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Some children with autism struggle to express how they feel, but research shows music can help them develop better emotional skills.
An internationally used guideline for assessing whether people should be referred for an autism assessment has been wrong for ten years.
Nope, we are not talking about telepathy.
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Scientists have not properly distinguished mind-reading from empathy - until now.
Children’s brain development rely on interaction with other kids.
Children aren’t just losing out on education as a result of the pandemic.
Mike Keller, a 13-year old boy with autism, uses a keyboard and iPad to communicate with his mother, Lori Mitchell-Keller.
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Some parents of kids with disabilities are doubling as specialized teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists during the pandemic.
Our landmark new report examined the evidence (or lack thereof) behind certain interventions, but applying it to individual children and families requires a tailored approach.
A man in San Pablo, California, gets a flu shot at a drive-through flu shot clinic Nov. 6, 2014.
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Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.
Diversity takes different forms.
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Logical thinking, curiosity, evidence-based decision making and fresh perspectives are all benefits brought by neurodiversity.
Transgender and gender diverse people are more likely to be autistic.
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Latest study confirms robust link between transgender and gender-diverse people and autism.