Solving the Puzzle of AutismTo find reliable treatments, we first need to untangle its myriad causes
In order to understand autism, we first need to determine the genetic, neuronal, and behavioral elements at play. Researchers will then need to translate this understanding into treatments, an undertaking that will require a long-term, interdisciplinary approach.
Bringing the Brain of the Child with Autism Back on Track
What if we could identify some common process that goes awry in the developing brain of a child and leads to errors in wiring that cause the devastating symptoms of autism? What if, understanding that malfunction, we could intervene with drugs and behavioral therapies that don’t just mask symptoms but actually bring the child’s brain development back on course? Wayne State University professor of pediatrics and radiology Diane C. Chugani, Ph.D., describes new insights achieved through molecular neuroimaging that may —repeat, may—change how we understand and treat autism.
Scientists, Families, and Courts Clash Over the Elusive Causes of Autism
When a British medical journal reported that childhood vaccinations might be a cause of autism, a storm of anxiety ensued. Subsequent studies failed to confirm the autism-vaccine link, and the journal that published the original study retracted it. As of now, however, the lawsuits are going forward and childhood vaccination rates are dropping.
My Mind Is a Web Browser:How People With Autism Think
The struggle that made possible Temple Grandin’s early development, graduate education, and notable career as a professor of animal behavior, designer of animal facilities worldwide, and celebrated writer, speaker, and researcher on autism, is told in her books, Emergence: Labeled Autistic (1986) and Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports From My Life With Autism (Vintage Books, 1996).