Category: Autism

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and alternative communication or AAC are communication methods that can be used to supplement or replace common communication modes (i.e., writing or speech). AAC can be used with individuals with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. There are various types of AAC systems that can help individuals communicate: Unaided …

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Automated Autism Screen Now Available

Automated Autism Screen Now Available on Autism Speaks Website Pretend play – a developmental milestone included in the M-CHAT screen. Photo courtesy D. Robins Autism Speaks is pleased to announce the launch of an automated version of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, or M-CHAT™. The M-CHAT is a scientifically validated tool for screening children …

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New Findings on Autism and Carnitine

Arthur Beaudet, right, in his lab at Baylor College of Medicine photo credit: Agapito Sanchez New research suggests that some milder forms of autism may be associated with a gene defect that hampers the body’s ability to make carnitine, a compound that helps convert fat into energy. The researchers caution, however, that this defect only …