Autism risk may originate in stretches of uniquely human DNA | Spectrum

07/10/2016

Mutations in certain newly evolved stretches of the genome may play a role in autism, although some experts are skeptical of this theory.

Source: Autism risk may originate in stretches of uniquely human DNA | Spectrum

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Words say little about cognitive abilities in autism | Spectrum

08/09/2016

Nearly half of children with autism who speak few or no words have cognitive skills that far exceed their verbal abilities, according to the largest study of so-called ‘minimally verbal’ children with autism to date1. The findings call into question the widespread assumption that children with autism who have severe difficulty with speech also have low intelligence.

Source: Words say little about cognitive abilities in autism | Spectrum