In a new study published in this month’s Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, researchers have discovered that autism affects the brain differently as individuals affected with the disorder age.
According to Daniel Dickstein of Brown University and Bradley Hospital, who helped lead the study, ““We found that brain activity changes associated with autism do not just happen in childhood and then stop. Instead, our study suggests that they continue to develop… This is the first study to show that.”
The goal at this point is to look more in-depth on how these findings can affect the future treatment of individuals with autism. According to Rowland Barrett, chief psychologist at Bradley Hospital, a researcher part of the study, “If we can identify the shift in the parts of the brain that autism affects as we age, then we can better target treatments for patients with ASD.”
At PresenceLearning, we’ve worked with individuals with minor to severe conditions and have first-hand experience of how age can affect treatment over time. With the advent of online speech therapy and online occupational therapy, we see an opportunity to ensure that individuals affected can continue to receive treatment at every part of their life.
Source: Disability Scoop