Guide For Parents

How do you tell if your child is autistic? And what should you do if he or she is?

Snapshots from the Autistic Brain

Neuroimaging studies confirm what scientists long suspected: autistic brains don't react to facial cues the way normal brains do. But in one regard the conventional wisdom was wrong. In a breakthrough study, Karen Pierce at the University of California at San Diego has shown that when faces of strangers are replaced by faces of loved ones, the autistic brain lights up like an explosion of Roman candles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

SIGNS OF AUTISM (Usually apparent in toddlers; watch for a cluster of symptoms)

--No pointing by 1 year --No babbling by 1 year; no single...

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