This is a very difficult question to answer, because there are different causes for Autism and Aspergers, with some of these conditions being highly heritable and others are not.Read more “Can I pass Aspergers on to my children?”
This is one theory among many others put forward to explain the enigma that is Autism.
Some Autistic children appear susceptible to gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. However, this research is in the early stages, with the findings to date providing no evidence that gut bacteria and their by-products cause Autism, even a subgroup of them, or that treating the gut can alleviate the specific symptoms of Autism.Read more “Is Autism caused by gut bacteria, as suggested by ‘gut theory’?”
Emma Baker, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, OTARC Alumni, on the types and causes of sleep problems in Autistic adultsRead more “The nature of sleep difficulties in Autistic adults”
Has any research been done to investigate the inner voice (internal monologue) in people with Asperger’s Syndrome?
There has been quite a bit of research on inner speech with a brief summary of findings provided below, including links to some of the research publications.Read more “The inner voice”
A key question for science to explore in the twenty-first century concerns the mechanisms that underlie social behaviour. How do we understand other people’s thoughts, beliefs and intentions? To what extent can our mental states and feelings be shared with other people? And how do we incorporate other people’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs into our mental world?Read more “Using an eye tracker in Autism Research”
Could you please let me know where DAMP and Aspergers crossover, and where to find more info on DAMP?
DAMP stands for Deficits in Attention, Motor Control and Perception. Put simply, it is a combination of features of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). ADHD is characterised by attention deficits, inappropriate overactivity, and problems with impulsiveness, while DCD is characterised by persistent motor control problems in absence of clear intellectual disability or cerebral palsy and other major neurological disabilities.Read more “What is DAMP?”
Can a child with autism manage using more than one language?
At OTARC, we are very interested in exactly this question: Can Autistic children learn more than one language? If so, what can we reasonably expect for how well they will develop each language? If not, what is the best advice we can give to families where English is not the home language, or to families who use both English and another language (e.g., mum prefers to speak one language and dad prefers another)? And what is the impact on bilingual parents of attempting to use their non-native language when interacting with their Autistic child?Read more “Bilingual children”