A neuroimaging scan at age 6 months may accurately predict autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among high-risk infants. The infants were considered to be at high risk because they had older siblings with ASD. Overall, the study team found 974 functional connections in the 6-month-olds' brains that were associated with autism-related behaviors.
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Inside certain computers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are active microcosms in miniature of many of the hospital's units. These computer models are simulations, programmed for the purpose of quality improvement. Manipulating these models can identify opportunities and aid planning for systematic improvements.
Quiet. Sing-song-y. Robotic. Too fast. Too slow. Despite the contradictions among some of these terms, researchers and clinicians have noticed that these various atypical qualities of spoken language are more common than average among individuals on the autism spectrum. Explanations and practical uses for that observation are harder to come by. But it is clear that there is enormous potential to learn in the area of overlap between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and speech-language variation.