Autism is the most severe developmental disability. Appearing within the first three years of life, autism involves impairments in social interaction — such as being aware of other people’s feelings — and verbal and nonverbal communication.
Some people with autism have limited interests, strange eating or sleeping behaviors or a tendency to do things to hurt themselves, such as banging their heads or biting their hands.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
Treatment of Autism
- Facilitated Communication: Sifting the Psychological Wheat from the Chaff
If psychological research does not always give us hoped-for answers, it does help us sift potent reality from wishful thinking and focus our energy on real solutions.
- Autism treatment options
Today clinicians use medication and behavioral interventions to help children cope with autism.
Minority children with autism less likely to get care for complications
June 17, 2013, CBS News
Brain wave study sheds light on autism among toddlers
May 31, 2013, Los Angeles Times
New Research Suggests Possible Direction for Treatment of Autism
May 17, 2013, APA Press Release
How autism is different in girls vs. boys
May 8, 2013, Fox News
Developers dive in to create a wealth of autism apps
April 30, 2013, Chicago Tribune
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