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Removing barriers to early intervention for autistic children: A new model shows promise

Acting on recommendations from the South Carolina Act Early Team, South Carolina changed its policies to pay for early intensive behavioral intervention in children under three revealed to be at high risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a two-stage screening process. Previously, a formal diagnosis of ASD had been required. As a result, the number of children under three receiving early intervention grew

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In Rett syndrome model, team shows how adult learning is impaired in females

In mouse models of Rett syndrome — which in humans is seen overwhelmingly in females — researchers have demonstrated how failure of Mecp2, the mouse equivalent of the human gene of the same name, has biological consequences that prevent adult females from learning how to gather newborn pups in the days immediately following the pups’ birth. They reversed the defect. Autism News — ScienceDaily


Experimental drug treatment for Rett syndrome suggests disorder is reversible, mouse study shows

A strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome has been developed by scientists, a devastating autism spectrum disorder. In their report, the researchers demonstrate that treatment with small-molecule drug candidates significantly extends lifespan in male mice that model Rett and ameliorates several behavioral symptoms in females. Autism News — ScienceDaily


Autism and Pica: Study Shows Behavioral Intervention Can Reduce Danger

A review of autism treatment records identifies behavioral strategies that reduce tendency to eat dangerous nonfood items A review of autism treatment records identifies behavioral strategies that reduce tendency to eat dangerous nonfood items February 11, 2015 A new report finds that behavioral therapy can effectively curb pica – the dangerous tendency to eat things that aren’t food. Pica is common among those with

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