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BBC News - Children 'may grow out of autism' - 7 views

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    Some young children accurately diagnosed as autistic lose their symptoms and their diagnosis as they get older, say US researchers.
Tero Toivanen

Oxytocin improves brain function in children with autism - 1 views

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    "Preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that oxytocin -- a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body -- increased brain function in regions that are known to process social information in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)."
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BPS RESEARCH DIGEST: Experts point to lack of gesturing as reason for smaller vocabular... - 0 views

  • The use of gestures, such as pointing, has been recognised as an important aspect of child development for some time. For example, the amount a child gestures at a young age predicts her later vocabulary size.
  • Rowe and Goldin-Meadow found that parents and children from poorer backgrounds (i.e. of low socioeconomic status) used a narrower range of gestures when they interacted with each other compared with parents and children from more affluent backgrounds.
  • Combining this observation with the earlier finding about the role of parental gesturing, implies but by no means proves, that one reason children from poor backgrounds develop smaller vocabularies is because their parents gestured to them less when they were younger.
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    BPS RESEARCH DIGEST: Experts point to lack of gesturing as reason for smaller vocabulary in poor children
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