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Spectrum Stories: Learning from baby siblings

Many parents with children on the spectrum enroll their newborns in research — to advance the field and to bring benefits to families such as theirs.

By Jacob Brogan
16 August 2017 | 1 min read
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What baby siblings can teach us about autism

Studies of infants at risk for autism have not yielded a test to predict who will eventually be diagnosed. But they have transformed our understanding of the condition.

By Ingfei Chen
16 August 2017 | 18 min read

Parents’ interactions with infants may alleviate autism features

Teaching parents to respond to cues from babies at high risk of autism eases the severity of autism features at age 3.

By Bahar Gholipour
12 June 2017 | 4 min read

Brain scans may forecast autism in high-risk infants

Patterns of brain activity in 6-month-old babies accurately predict which children will be diagnosed with autism at age 2.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
7 June 2017 | 5 min read

Lessons for parents may change autism’s trajectory

Coaching parents to provide early social stimulation may improve outcomes for children with autism.

By Geraldine Dawson
6 June 2017 | 8 min read

Excess brain fluid may forecast autism in babies

Some infants who are later diagnosed with autism have too much fluid between the brain and skull.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
6 March 2017 | 5 min read

Rapid brain growth in infancy may signal autism

The faster the brains of children with autism grow in their first year of life, the more severe their autism features are likely to be at age 2.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
15 February 2017 | 5 min read

Survey for parents could flag autism in infants

Asking parents to fill out a questionnaire about their babies’ early skills could help clinicians spot signs of autism.

By Jessica Wright
13 February 2017 | 4 min read

Sensory abnormalities highlight early autism risk

Sensory abnormalities could be among the first signs of autism risk — and a target for early treatment.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
16 November 2016 | 3 min read

Siblings of children with autism may show early setbacks

About 1 in 10 toddlers who have an older sibling with autism have cognitive and motor delays.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
31 August 2016 | 4 min read

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