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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.
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Home videos used to detect autism

Geoff Ferguson - August 3rd 2014  Read more

'The kids who beat autism'

Geoff Ferguson - August 3rd 2014  Read more

Babies who seem to self-correct their autism?

Sophie Williams - July 19th 2014 Read more

Brain activity shows babies rehearsing speech months before first words

Geoff Ferguson - July 19th 2014  Read more

One subtype of autism

Geoff Ferguson - July 12th 2014  Read more

Stress in pregnancy

Geoff Ferguson - June 5th 2014  Read more

Study shows no link between multiple vaccines and the risk of autism

A recent study shows that the number of childhood vaccines administered, either in a single day or during the first 2 years of life, has no bearing on the risk of autism. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study included over one thousand children, one quarter of the children had an autistic spectrum disorder and three quarters did not. The researchers could find no significant difference between the two groups in the total antigens from vaccines received by age 2 years or the maximum number of antigens received on a single day. The total amount of antigens from vaccines received was the same between children with ASD and those that did not have ASD. The study found that children with ASD with regression (the loss of developmental skills during the second year of life) did not receive an increased number of vaccine antigens when compared to children without ASD with regression. http://www.jpeds.com/webfiles/images/journals/ympd/JPEDSDeStefano.pdf

Mothers fight to pass Ava's Law for autism coverage

Parents press Georgia's State legislature to pass a law requiring insurance companies to pay for autism treatment. This is based upon the widely accepted evidence that early and intensive treatment can often make a difference to the child's prospects. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/12/health/autism-insurance-coverage/index.html

'Autism doesn't hold me back. I'm moving up the career ladder'

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Use of first words by 24 months a strong predictor of positive ASD outcomes

The age at which useful language is acquired provides a strong predictor of later outcomes for children diagnosed with ASD. A Connecticut study looked at the relationship between cognitive ability and adaptive behaviors at 52 months and the age that the child had first used single words to  communicate in a meaningful way. (Words that excluded 'mama' and 'dada'.) The study did not include children who had acquired and then lost some language. The study showed a strong correlation between acquiring these first words by the age of 24 months and later positive outcomes. 'Age of First Words Predicts Cognitive Ability and Adaptive Skills in Children with ASD.' Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Volume 43, Issue 2 , pp 253-264. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-012-1558-0

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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