Autism http://www.kunc.org en For A Diagnosis Of Both Mental Illness And A Disability There Are Gaps In The System http://www.kunc.org/post/diagnosis-both-mental-illness-and-disability-there-are-gaps-system <p>A raised red oval, a couple of inches in diameter, sits at the top of Alex Meredith’s forehead. It is the physical mark of a besieged mind.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 55191 at http://www.kunc.org For A Diagnosis Of Both Mental Illness And A Disability There Are Gaps In The System Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin http://www.kunc.org/post/map-developing-human-brain-shows-where-problems-begin A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/26/294446735/brain-changes-suggest-autism-starts-in-the-womb">autism</a>.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking shape, researchers <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13185">reported</a> Wednesday in the journal <em>Nature</em>.<p>"It's a pretty big leap," says <a href="http://www.alleninstit Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 55118 at http://www.kunc.org Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin Boys With Autism Or ADHD More Prone To Overuse Video Games http://www.kunc.org/post/boys-autism-or-adhd-more-prone-overuse-video-games Video games can be a haven from the world, and it's easy to imagine that they would appeal to children who struggle with social interaction.<p>Boys with autism spectrum disorders or with ADHD are both prone to problematic use of video games, according to a study.<p>The researchers asked the parents of boys ages 8 to 18 to report on their child's video game use, including hours of use and the types of games they play.<p>The boys with autism spectrum disorders spent twice as much time playing video games as did the typical boys, two hours a day compared to one. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:32:00 +0000 47670 at http://www.kunc.org Boys With Autism Or ADHD More Prone To Overuse Video Games How To Make Museums More Inviting For Kids With Autism http://www.kunc.org/post/how-make-museums-more-inviting-kids-autism Last January, Noelle Murphy and her family were on their way to the Please Touch Museum for children in Philadelphia. Right before they arrived, 3-year-old Dylan had an accident.<p>"He wet himself," Murphy said, "And we were thinking, 'Oh no, how are we going to deal with this?' "<p>Dylan has <a href="http://www.merriam-webster.com/medlineplus/autism">autism</a>, and his mom, Noelle, tends to choose at-home activities over unpredictable outings like a day at the museum. If Dylan becomes overwhelmed by his surroundings, he might yell loudly, or drop to the floor and refuse to get up. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 45978 at http://www.kunc.org How To Make Museums More Inviting For Kids With Autism The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism http://www.kunc.org/post/human-voice-may-not-spark-pleasure-children-autism The human voice appears to trigger pleasure circuits in the brains of typical kids, but not children with autism, a Stanford University team reports. The finding could explain why many children with autism seem indifferent to spoken words.<p>The Stanford team used functional MRI to compare the brains of 20 children who had autism spectrum disorders and 19 typical kids. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:03:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 45953 at http://www.kunc.org The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism