Many parents try to offer their healthy babies a rich sensory environment, full of new sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, to stimulate the developing brain to appreciate life’s delicious complexities to the fullest.
When children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have acute medical needs, such as a broken bone or appendicitis, they are as likely to experience pain as any other child. But social and communication differences associated with ASD may cause clinical caregivers to miss cues showing that pain. This may compromise timely and accurate assessment and treatment.
If you want to get in touch with a teenager, texting is the way to go. DYK (stands for “Did you know” in text slang), the Pew Research Center reported that 90 percent of teens with phones exchange texts, sending and receiving about 30 texts per day?
Most of us learned in biology class that our nuclear DNA — 23 pairs of chromosomes shuffled from mom and dad — is responsible for assigning our genetic traits, from our eye color to our inherited disease risks.
The children who speak least — or not at all — are rarely represented in cutting-edge brain imaging research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).