Bigger Brain Have Been Observed In Some Autistic Boys

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Children who are considered special because they are suffering from various childhood developmental disorders need as well special attention from their support system especially their parents. Up to this date, many parents are still hopeful that there will be a cure for these disorders in order for their children to live an ordinary life, away from the mocking comments of other people who do not understand what the child is going through.

Further researchers are conducting extensive studies regarding these developmental disorders in order to fully understand the processes that are encapsulated in these disorders. Recently, researchers found out that there is an abnormal brain growth on some boys with a specific type of autism, according to a new US study.

Autism is a type of a developmental disorder in which individuals who have the disease have problems with non-verbal communication, a wide range of social interactions, and activities that include an element of play and/or banter. Children who are suffering from this developmental delay may necessitate a special kind of care in order for the child to feel that he is not different from the other children and he is loved in this world.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.  Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS).  Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group.  Experts estimate that six children out of every 1,000 will have an ASD.  Males are four times more likely to have an ASD than females.”

The new US study which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences issue involve the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 180 study subjects. This is considered the largest number of study subjects used for any brain development researches among preschoolers who are suffering from autism.

According to the findings of the research, those boys who have regressive autism have a brain growth of about six per cent larger as compared to toddlers who manifested signs and symptoms of autism during the earlier life. More so, researchers found that these observations were only seen among some of the boys with the said type of autism, and no the same manifestations were observed among the girls with autism.

“Moreover, when we evaluated girls with autism separately from boys, we found that no girls — regardless of whether they had early onset or regressive autism — had abnormal brain growth.” Lead author Christine Wu Nordahl, a researcher at the MIND Institute, said.

Nevertheless, researchers made another new analysis of the brain development of children with regressive autism as compared to those children with early onset of the disorder. Comparison between genders was also done.





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