Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that has come to be understood in terms of behavioral difficulties with social communication, social interaction, and activities, apparent restricted and repetitive patterns in behaviors, and interests (Weiss, Baker & Butler, 2016). What is interesting about this diagnosis is that it has changed in name, and classification through the progress of research. During the early 1900’s, Autism was believed to be a condition of schizophrenia in children (Parents, 2014). Rigorous and careful attention has gone into research that sheds new light for interventions, resources and support.
It is certain that the inquiry into Autism is far from exhausted, quite the contrary. Technological advances through the eras have enabled the scientific community to peer further into this neurodevelopment disorder. The following links are recent studies that continue to illuminate on the condition now known as the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center (2017) Neuroimaging Technique May Help Predict Autism among High-Risk Infants. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2017/neuroimaging-technique-may-help-predict-autism-among-high-risk-infants.shtml
The National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center (2018, May 30). Inherited Variations in Noncoding Sections of DNA Associated with Autism. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2018/inherited-variations-in-noncoding-sections-of-dna-associated-with-autism.shtm