Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most common types of genetic variation among people.
Autistic girls display less repetitive and restricted behavior than do boys, says new research on gender differences in autism.
More boys than girls are diagnosed with autism - but a study says certain autistic behaviors may be may be seen more often in boys than in girls,
In a study of 95,000 children with older siblings, research found no harmful association between receipt of MMR vaccine and autism.
While the search for genes that contribute to the risk for autism has advanced, in many ways, the whole picture has become even less clear.
When parents who suspect autism bring their concerns to healthcare providers, too often, their child's signs of autism are dismissed.
Tags on DNA from fathers' sperm may be linked to children's autism symptoms.
Some of the genes known to associated with autism have been found to be switched on as the baby's brain develops during mid- to late-pregnancy.
Because there is no known cause of autism, many myths circulate about its origin, treatment and prevention. Here, a doctor does a little mythbusting.
This is the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Autistic Disorders.
Autism affects a child’s development in different ways, and seems to be getting more common. About 1 in 68 children may have autism spectrum disorder.
Long thought to be more limited, research says that small differences in as many as 1000 genes add to autism risk, according to a new study. Here's how.
Research is revealing hundreds of autism genes, and scientists have begun deciphering how genetic mutations may exert their effects in the developing brain.
Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population, rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches.
A large twin study found that shared environment influences susceptibility to autism more than expected. Find out the role of experiences and exposures.
Find out about ISR's Self-Rescue swimming lessons - a method that teaches young kids how survive in the water, and how to get themselves to safety.
Children of fathers who are in technical occupations are more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (May 1...
A study adds evidence to concerns about the connection between antidepressants during pregnancy and autism.
Prenatal alcohol exposure severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function.
Much of how you raise your child with special needs will depend on your family’s personal beliefs and the nature of his or her disability.
Children should grow, develop, and learn throughout their lives, starting at birth, which is why it's important to watch for a developmental delay.
Research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children who are between 2 and 12 years old and have an ASD.
A genetic variant may children to a greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome when taking second-generation anti-psychotic medications.
Brain imaging scans, also called neuroimaging scans, are being used more and more to help detect and diagnose a number of medical disorders and illnesses.