Early Childhood Development

News Release: CHOP Study Sheds Light on Universal Screening

Researchers urge continued screening for all toddlers, while recommending changes to M-CHAT screening method to improve accuracy, address disparities...

Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences, PTSD, and Autism Symptoms

Without a specific, objective diagnostic test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), clinicians can struggle to distinguish behavioral symptoms of ASD from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other behaviorally-based disorders. ...

From Picky to Adventurous Eater

Food selectivity, or picky eating, can be the source of significant difficulties for autistic individuals and their families. As a child develops a selective food palate, it may first be developmentally appropriate in early childhood and only pose mild challenges to family eating habits and mealtime. ...

Hefty Toll for Autistic Children

Childhood obesity continues to be a concern for parents and healthcare providers alike. In the recent years, overweight and obesity have emerged as important issues among autism researchers.  ...

Members of the Lonely Hearts Club?

Autism experts speculate that one of the many complicating aspects of diagnosing autism in girls and women may have to do with the way boys and girls are socialized differently.  ...

Should autism screening take place during pediatric check-ups?

In August, the U.S. Protective Services Task Force (USPSTF) - a federally-funded panel of experts in primary care and prevention- released a statement that concerned many in the autism community....

Comparing Early Intervention Outcomes

We know very little about which preschool intervention placements produce the best outcomes for which children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A team from the University of Pennsylvania examined the effectiveness of three early intervention preschool placements. ...