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Fragile X syndrome

Geoff Ferguson - October 25th 2018
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that can cause a range of developmental problems. The condition is caused by a mutation in the FMR1 gene, which helps to regulate the production of the protein FMRP. This protein plays an important role in the development of synapses.

Some of the difficulties caused by this syndrome can be helped with therapy, special education and drugs, but the underlying condition cannot currently be cured. However, gene engineering may at some stage provide a way to restore the expression of the mutated gene and so better regulate the production of FMRP.

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Parent-mediated intervention with infants at risk for autism

Dr Kristi Poppi - July 4th 2017

Green et al (2017) have published a 3-year follow-up of their randomized controlled study of an early intervention for infants at familial risk of developing autism. The follow-up shows reduced overall severity of autism prodromal symptoms for those at-risk infants receiving the treatment and enhanced parent-child dyadic social communication over this period.

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Autism and the brain's response to biological motion

Kristi Poppi - January 17th 2017

A recent study looked at brain responses to biological motion that may predict treatment outcome in young children with autism

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Breastfeeding and autism

Geoff Ferguson - December 12th 2016

It is well known that there is a positive correlation between breastfeeding an infant and their intellectual development. What has been less studied are any possible links between breastfeeding and the incidence of autism.

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Prospective studies of infant siblings at risk of autism

Kristi Poppi - September 20th 2016

A recent review by Szatmari et al (2016) has looked at the latest research on high risk (HR) infant siblings and highlighted areas that need to be further explored.

Over the last decade there has been a growing interest in the younger siblings of children with autism, as various studies have shown that these siblings are at higher risk of developing this disorder. The aim in studying these HR siblings is to gain a better understanding of the genetic and environmental components of ASD and to discover possible early markers.
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A paediatrician's introduction to autism. Part 2

This is the second in a series of posts by consultant paediatrician Dr Denise Challis. Dr Challis specialises in neurodevelopment and neurodisability, and lectures regularly in the UK and abroad. She is the immediate Past President of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development.

In this series of posts, Dr Challis draws upon over 40 years of experience to provide an introduction to the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of autism.

These extracts are taken from the recently published book 'Changing Destinies'1.

In her first post Dr Challis began by describing this disorder. She continues here by discussing diagnosis.

Clinical features

At present it appears that two patterns of presentation of autism are evident. The first occurs in infants who have never demonstrated “normal” eye contact, maternal bonding behaviour, or interpersonal interaction. The second is in toddlers who started well and who might even have developed early language skills but who then started to regress from around thirteen to twenty-four months, before slowly regaining some of their lost skills. Read more

A paediatrician's introduction to autism. Part 1

We are very pleased to present a series of posts, 'Introduction to autism', by consultant paediatrician Dr Denise Challis. Dr Challis specialises in neurodevelopment and neurodisability, and lectures regularly in the UK and abroad. She is the immediate Past President of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development.

In this series of posts, Dr Challis draws upon over 40 years of experience to provide an introduction to the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of autism.

These extracts are taken from the recently published book 'Changing Destinies'1.

Dr Challis begins by describing this disorder.

Description

The symptoms of autism can be painfully florid when full-blown, yet subtle and difficult to diagnose in borderline cases, although no less traumatic for a child’s parents. Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), as autism is more commonly described clinically, is a behavioural syndrome, an imperfectly categorized disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) IV criteria, which was used widely prior to 2013 and is still easily understood by many parents and professionals, there were three aspects to the diagnosis. Read more

Autism and genetic disorders

Geoff Ferguson - October 6th 2015 Read more

Therapeutic horse riding and autism

Elise Daumain - June 25th 2015 Read more

Having a second child after a diagnosis of ASD

Geoff Ferguson - June 18th 2015 Read more

Welcome to ourNews, where we keep up-to-date with research and other news related to infant mental health. These articles can be of interest to both parents and professionals.
We are keen to know your views and so please do comment on our articles.
Is there a topic that you would like us to write about? Just send us a message via 'Contact us'.

ourAdvice, our other blog, has brief posts with advice for parents.

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