Category Archives: Autism

Genetic Mutations at Root of Autism’s Sleep Issues

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have unusual or disordered sleep habits. Understanding what causes disordered sleep for people with ASD is important because insufficient sleep exacerbates ASD’s symptoms like repetitive behaviors. A new study from Jichi Medical University in Shimotsuke, Japan reports that gene mutations may be the root of autism’s sleep problems….

Health Problems in Autism Require New Approach

The co-occurrence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other medical issues may impact behavior and social skills in children with ASD. Most studies into the intersection of health issues and ASD focus on individual medical conditions, but a new study finds that the interaction of several medical conditions—gastrointestinal problems, sleep disorders, and seizures—has a significant…

In Autism, Some More Sensitive to Stimuli than Others

One of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is hyper-sensitivity to sensory stimuli. A study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently investigated the brain responses of young people with ASD to auditory and tactile stimuli. They found that some people with ASD have exceptionally sensitive reactions to stimuli, a condition called…

Sex Differences in ASD Same as in General Population

Numerous studies have noted the differences in how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) manifests in boys and girls. A new study form the University of Miami (UM) finds that the differences between boys and girls with ASD are the same as the differences between boys and girls without ASD. Behaviors that are relevant to ASD are…

Atypical Brain Connections in ASD Movement Issues

As many of 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have motor problems. Although motor issues are not part of autism’s diagnostic criteria, they do play a role in the disorder, possibly contributing to social and communication deficits. A new study from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore investigated brain connectivity patterns associated…

Doctors Uncertain about Adults with ASD

Accessing health care can be difficult for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new study finds that health care practitioners may be a part of the problem. The study, from Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research, finds that health care practitioners lack training for working with adults with ASD. Practitioners also underestimate how many people…

Autism Prevalence May Not Be Increasing

A number of studies from the United States have found increased rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With a 10-fold increase in ASD prevalence from the 1970s and the 1990s, some have declared that this is an “autism epidemic.” A new study from Sweden investigated whether the so-called autism epidemic has merit. The researchers hypothesized…

Brain Connections Part of Sensory Problems in ASD

As many as 90 percent of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with overwhelming sensory stimuli. A new study offers insight into the cause of autism’s sensory issues. The study demonstrated that people with ASD have abnormal brain signals when relaying sensory input. The findings contribute to the body of knowledge about ASD and…

Girls with ASD Have Different Symptoms, Diagnosed Later

In the United States, 1 in 42 boys are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but only 1 in 168 girls are diagnosed with the same. This disparity may be because ASD is not the same in boys and girls, according to a study from Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute. The study found that the symptoms…

Kids Whose ASD Symptoms Resolve Still Need Support

For some children who receive an early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), autism-related symptoms eventually disappear. Approximately 1 in 14 toddlers diagnosed with ASD do not meet the criteria for ASD by the time they finish elementary school. Previous research has shown that, for this subset of children, ASD symptoms resolve over time. However,…

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iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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