Autism

Updated: Apr 12, 2024
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition characterised by restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests, and difficulties with social interaction and communication. ASD symptoms may affect daily functioning, and Autistic people may have varied abilities.
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Here are our latest blogs focusing on all things Autism written by our team of qualified medical writers. We hope these are informative, inspiring and interesting! If you have an idea for a blog you would like to see, you can reach out to our support team at support@human.health
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What are Autism Spectrum Disorders? A history of Autism diagnosis

A brief history of how Autism Spectrum Disorder has been classified in the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual (DSM).
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Say again? Echolalia and Autism

Echolalia, or repetitive speech, is commonly associated with Autism. Learn more about the types of echolalia and how it affects Autistic children.
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How Autism Presents Differently In Females

Recent research suggests that Autism may affect females differently than males. In this post, we’ll explore a couple of ways Autism may present in females, and how this may affect Autism diagnosis.
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Autism Terminology

Confused by words or phrases you're coming across when learning about Autism? We're here to help with a glossary of useful terms.
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The Aftermath of Masking for an Autistic Person

Masking is a practice many people with Autism adopt, both consciously and unconsciously. Learn more about what masking is and the effects it can have on Autistic individuals.
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10 Sensory Toys Your Kids Will Love

A handy list of toys to stimulate or calm those with sensory sensitivities.
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Quotes from Famous Autistic People Everyone Should Hear

Authentic representation is so valuable for Autistic people and their loved ones. Here's a curated list of insightful and thought-provoking quotes from prominent Autistic figures.
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The Human Condition - Kate's Story

In this video, Kate shares her journey as a mother of two children on the Autism spectrum. This episode offers a glimpse into the real-life experiences, challenges, and learnings that have shaped her path.
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They're Not Just Difficult – Demand Avoidance and Autism

Feeling resistant to completing what's asked of us can be normal, but a persistent pattern of this behavior is known as demand avoidance. Learn more about how it relates to Autism and how to manage it.
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Starting the Journey: Getting an Autism Diagnosis

The road to a diagnosis of Autism can be confusing, and looks different for everyone. We've broken down some of the common steps that may occur in the process for you.
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Common symptoms
Symptoms commonly experienced by people with Autism.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course each person’s experience will be unique
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Repetitive behavior

Performing certain physical actions over and over again. May include behaviors such as rocking, hand-flapping or spinning in circles.

51% of users with Autism track this
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Repetitive speech

Speaking the same words or phrases over and over again.

36% of users with Autism track this
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Difficulty with eye contact

Difficulty making and maintaining eye contact with others

36% of users with Autism track this
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Difficulty with emotional understanding

Difficulty recognizing or understanding the emotions of others, and difficulty expressing their own emotions.

34% of users with Autism track this
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Low social motivation

Difficulty initiating or participating in social activities, and difficulty expressing interest in others.

32% of users with Autism track this
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Difficulty with verbal expression

Difficulty communicating thoughts and feelings verbally.

32% of users with Autism track this
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Desire for sameness

Desire to keep things the same, as well as difficulty with change. Dislike for change in routines, new people or new places.

29% of users with Autism track this
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Common treatments
Treatments commonly used for Autism.
Always consult your doctor before starting any treatment.
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for ASD tailors strategies to modify thoughts and behaviors, improving coping skills, emotional regulation, and social interaction, fostering resilience and self-awareness.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy for ASD enhances daily living and social skills, addressing sensory sensitivities and communication issues through tailored activities, promoting independence and stress reduction.

33% of users track this intervention
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Speech Therapy

Speech-language therapy focuses on overcoming language and communication barriers, enabling those with autism to advance their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication abilities. The main objective is to support individuals in achieving more effective and practical communication methods.

27% of users track this intervention
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Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy for ASD enhances language, social, and behavioral skills using ABA, PRT, and the Early Start Denver Model, promoting active family participation for effective home integration.

16% of users track this intervention
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Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy for ASD enhances communication with customized activities by pathologists, focusing on verbal, non-verbal, and social skills to improve self-expression and interaction, boosting independence and confidence.

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Clinical trials
Here are some of the latest clinical trials that are ongoing in Autism. This is a random selection from clinicaltrials.gov and we are not affiliated with any of these researchers. If you would like to learn more about these trials please see the contacts section of the trial listing.
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Intervention Social Anxiety: Combining Parent-child Treatment

Denken + Doen = Durven

All sexes
8 Years - 16 Years

Effects of Aromatherapy on Anxiety and Pain During Dental Treatments in Adults: a Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

Aroma diffuser with single-note sweet orange essential oil

All sexes
18 Years - 40 Years

Brief Transdiagnostic Treatment for Anxiety Disorders and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in South Africa

False Safety Behavioral Elimination Treatment (FSET)

All sexes
18 Years - 65 Years

Reducing Adult Inpatients Anxiety With Virtual Reality Meditation: A Prospective, Randomized Study

Virtual Reality headset with calming scenery

All sexes
18 Years - 99 Years

Behavioral Telehealth in Low-resource Primary Care Settings for Anxiety and Depression in Youth

STEP-UP (transdiagnostic behavioral therapy for pediatric anxiety and depression)

All sexes
8 Years - 16 Years

Evaluation of Parturients With Anxiety

Cognitive Bias Modification for Interpretation (CBM-I)

Female
18 Years - 45 Years

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Late Life Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

All sexes
> 65 Years

Understanding Patient Engagement Trends in Anxiety Disorder Clinical Research

All sexes
> 18 Years

Schema Therapy for Treatment-resistant Anxiety Disorders

Individual Schema Therapy

All sexes
18 Years - 65 Years

An Online Survey for Women With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Female
> 18 Years
Leading research
Here is a selection of some of the latest publications in Autism research selected from our list of top research journals.
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Gender, assigned sex at birth, and gender diversity: Windows into diagnostic timing disparities in autism.

By McQuaid GA, Ratto AB, Jack A, Khuu A, Smith JV, Duane SC, Clawson A, Lee NR, Verbalis A, Pelphrey KA, Kenworthy L, Wallace GL, Strang JF
Published Apr 08, 2024

Self-compassion improves emotion regulation and mental health outcomes: A pilot study of an online self-compassion program for autistic adults.

By Cai RY, Edwards C, Love AM, Brown L, Gibbs V
Published Apr 07, 2024

Impact of a Genetic Diagnosis for a Child's Autism on Parental Perceptions.

By Wynn J, Karlsen A, Huber B, Levine A, Salem A, White LC, Luby M, Bezborodko E, Xiao S, Chung WK, Klitzman RL, Appelbaum PS
Published Apr 05, 2024

GABA and Glx predict EEG responses of visual sensitivity in autism.

By Sapey-Triomphe LA, Puts NAJ, Costa TL, Wagemans J
Published Apr 04, 2024

Measuring Parent-Child Transactions for Early Identification of Young Autistic Children.

By Uzonyi TE, Crais ER, Watson LR, Nowell SW, Baranek GT
Published Apr 04, 2024

Motivation to participate in structured physical activity for autistic youth: A systematic scoping review.

By Wong ML, Girdler S, Afsharnejad B, Ntoumanis N, Milbourn B, Kebble P, Morris S, Black MH
Published Apr 04, 2024

The Effectiveness of Sensory-Motor Integration Exercises on Social Skills and Motor Performance in Children with Autism.

By Homayounnia Firouzjah M, Majidi Yaeichi N, Hematinia R
Published Apr 03, 2024

Using Video Modeling to Teach Neurotypical Adolescents to Interact Socially with Peers with ASD.

By MacFarland MC, Plavnick JB, Kipfmiller KJ, McElyea AS
Published Apr 03, 2024

Adding to the Conversation: Language Delays and Parent-Child Interactions in the Younger Siblings of Children With Autism.

By Britsch ER, Iverson JM
Published Apr 02, 2024
Support organizations
Here are a few support organizations that have additional information and resources.
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