Researchers at the University of Arizona have found that the brains of children with autism have plasticity that makes them more receptive to sensory input.
“Our study shows that the brain plasticities of autistic people differ from those of children without autism,” said lead author Brooke Smith, Ph.
D. In her paper, published online in the journal Developmental Neurobiology, Smith said that the findings suggest that there is a link between autism and a child’s sensory sensitivity.
Smith’s research also suggested that autism is not caused by a genetic predisposition.
She said that while she was not aware of a genetic connection to autism, she had been aware of genetic studies that showed autism is a disorder of brain development.
Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about 1 in 68,000 children in the United States.
The condition is diagnosed when a child is born with a certain brain pattern that may not be normal for their age or development.
In addition, autism spectrum disorder has been linked to a lack of social skills and a lack the ability to communicate with others.
The disorder is also associated with increased risk of developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.
In the study, Smith and her team examined the brains and brains of 20 children with ASD and 20 children without ASD.
They compared their brain patterns to those of 16 healthy control children and found that these children had more plasticity than the children with the disorder.
They also found that there were differences in the plasticity of the brain in the two groups.
The researchers then examined the brain development of these children and compared it to those in the control group.
“The findings suggest there may be genetic differences in how the brain develops,” Smith said.
“There may be some specific changes in the brains that might be associated with certain characteristics that lead to autism.
It is an interesting finding because we have a lot of genetic and developmental data that shows there are differences in brain development in people with ASD.”
The researchers noted that while autism is usually diagnosed in childhood, some children have it later in life and others are diagnosed later in adulthood.
It has also been suggested that children with different brain patterns develop differently and may have different cognitive abilities.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Arizona State University.
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