Tag: autism research

Autism More Prevalent Than Thought In Adults With Learning Difficulties, Study Finds

A study released by researchers from the University of Leicester has revealed a previously ‘invisible’ group of adults with autism within the UK. The study found that 60% of men and 43% of women with profound learning difficulties have autism, refuting previous estimates of lower rates of autism within these specific groups. The finding is vital as it can lead to new support services for those adults who have autism and learning difficulties.

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University of Utah and Google Working Together for Autistic Children

Researchers at the University of Utah have been working with Google’s Project Spectrum to help teach jobs skills to children with Autism. The workshops not only help children to develop new skills which could help them with future career opportunities, but also have helped the children to develop new social interaction skills. Additionally, the workshops are providing parents of Autistic children confidence and optimism that they can go on to develop genuine social relationships with others.

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Genetic Variants Rewire Brain In Autistic Patients

Researchers at UCLA have demonstrated how genetic variants rewire the brain in autistic patients. Examining the role of the CNTAP2 gene, which is believed to boost the risk of autism, researchers discovered a difference in connectivity between the left and right sides of the brain, depending on which version of the gene the patients carried. This research could provide a positive outcome in developing treatments for re-balancing the brain circuitry for autistic patients and promote a more normal neurological development.

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