Brain Imaging Data on Autistic Spectrum Toddlers

In BIPR’s &  First Presbyterian Preschool’s collaborative classroom, “Connections,”  we typically have between one or two children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  We are therefore always trying to keep abreast of new findings in brain imaging in Autistic Children as well as exploring state-of-the-art interventions and teaching techniques.  This interesting article in Science Daily reports on findings by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, San Diego that found that there is weak synchronization between brain areas tied to language and communication as compared with children who did not have an ASD. This will enable very young toddlers to be identified early by looking for this biological sign.  We are hopeful that this technique will be clinically evaluable in the near future.  The earlier we can identify children, the more impact we and have on the trajectory of this debilitating disorder.  This also suggests potential treatment methods for those children already diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

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