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Autism Reading Room gives accurate autism information without the jargon of scientific publications. We focus on facts, not opinion, to assist families in understanding their diagnosis and to promote public understanding of the brain.

Here's what's new!                              August 2015

Digestive Enzyme Supplement May Improve ASD Symptoms

Children with autism who receive digestive enzyme supplements have significant improvement in emotional response, general behavior, and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience.

Sensorimotor Differences in ASD Appear in Infancy

Children most severely affected by ASD have early sensorimotor difficulties--by about six months of age--according to a new study published on July 16, 2015, in the Journal of Neurodevelompental Disorders. 

Level of Hormone Predicts Theory of Mind Ability in ASD

A new study published on July 22, 2015, in the online journal PLOS ONE suggests that the blood level of arginine vasopressin could be a biomarker for theory of mind (the ability to interpret another’s intensions and emotions) in individuals with autism. 

Diagnosis Swap May Increase ASD Prevalence

A decrease in intellectual disability diagnosis accounts for about 64 percent of the increase in autism prevalence between 2002 and 2010, according to a study published on July 22, 2015, in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

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