The frequency and intensity of repetitive behaviours vary between mild and severe, which is why it’s called a spectrum.
It's been 25 years since autism was redefined and the surge in diagnoses and research began. But while we've come along way in our understanding of the spectrum, advances in drug therapies has lagged.
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London's low emission zone has started to reduce air pollution – but not enough to protect children's lungs.
Early intervention can help children with autism to develop their communication skills.
Unlike Australia, New Zealand doesn't fund early intervention therapy for autistic children, but there are programmes pre-school teachers and parents can use to help kids develop.
A strong case for telling children to go outside and play.
You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician.
Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
Are white boys given longer to grow up?
What exactly do we mean by teenage behavior? And who gets to be this kind of teenager?
Children are often sad when separated from their parents for a short time, but the effects are pronounced if the separation is long.
Kids often experience anxiety when separated from parents for short periods. Longer separations, happening with some immigrant children, is a different matter, a leading child psychiatrist explains.
Two youngsters in a kindergarten classroom. A new study suggests that class may not affect their learning as much as previously believed.
For years, educators have viewed socio-economic status as an influence on learning. Here's why a recent study suggests the full story may be more complicated than that.
While politicians debate control, local communities can act now to keep kids safer at school.
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While politicians argue endlessly over gun control, here are 10 practical ways the rest of us can work to prevent school shootings.
Upper teeth of a Neanderthal who lived about 40,000 years ago.
Anthropologists gather clues about how our ancient ancestors lived from their teeth. What will future anthropologists make of us based on the fossilized pearly whites we'll leave behind?
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read.
We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
Soha, seven, is now taller than her 10-year-old sister Suhala whose growth has been stunted.
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Adults who had a low birthweight or were undernourished as young children are more likely to experience high blood pressure and obesity.
Poorer boys are especially vulnerable when growing up in close proximity to wealth.
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Mixed-income housing has been promoted as a panacea to concentrated poverty and crime. But recent research raises some red flags.
Children growing up in a world of social media are developing a very different conception of privacy to that of their parents.
Many people are shocked by what children are willing to share about themselves online. Is it that they don't understand privacy, or just have a different conception of it compared to adults?
Sharing stories around the dinner table fosters greater self-esteem and resilience in young people.
Families and friends share memories all the time; “You’ll never guess…”, “How was your day?”, and “Do you remember when…” are rich daily fodder. Sharing memories is not only a good way to debrief and reminisce…
“Move mum! I cant see the TV … your tummy is in the way.” The anguish in my daughter’s voice was clear – this was not just any TV show I was blocking, it was Peppa Pig! Later that night as I was putting…
For kids (and big kids), Lego can enhance learning. So what happens when the blocks are digital?
Playing with building blocks such as Lego has been an established part of early childhood education for many years. Educators and theorists agree that building blocks or constructive play provide a wide…
You can tell me anything.
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The idea that parenting matters for early child development is now widely accepted. We also now know a great deal about the role of parenting in social inequalities in development. Parents with more resources…
Atypical development in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be detected as early as 12 months of…
Making words make sense.
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Some children arrive at school already able to read. They have enjoyed books with their parents and understand the exciting route that reading takes them into the wonderful world of stories. They may well…