McLean Hospital biostatistician Nicholas Lange, ScD, warns against depending on brain imaging scans alone for the diagnosis of autism and suggests that large, long-term multicenter studies should be conducted in order to identify the biological basis of the disorder. "Several studies in the past two years have claimed that brain scans can diagnose autism, but this assertion is deeply flawed," said Lange, an associate professor of Psychiatry and Biostatistics at Harvard Medical School.
In what could be called a breakthrough in the world for the betterment of children with special needs, Charlie the robot designed by University of South Carolina's College of Engineering and Computing doctoral student, Laura Boccanfuso could help children with autism improve their communication skills and interactions with others.
A team of Australian researchers from the University of Melbourne have actually developed a genetic testing procedure that could aid in the early detection and intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and babies.
An insightful study published in Games for Health Journal: Research Development, and Clinical Applications reveals that children and adolescents with ASD are typically fascinated by screen-based technology such as videogames, which can be used for educational and treatment purposes.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) are today making a series of recommendations for NHS mental health trusts to change the way they collect and use patient feedback to improve the quality of care for inpatients.