Autism, but why?

As any parent to an autistic child will tell you, getting a diagnosis is a long and exhausting journey. But how do you know if your child is autistic? Is it down to genetics?

Autism is a complex developmental disorder, and diagnosing it properly usually involves a combination of different tests. In the latest issue of JAMA, scientists provide the most up-to-date assessment yet of which tests work best for detecting genetic mutations associated with certain kinds of autism. Categorising the various forms of autism will be important to guide parents to the proper care, the researchers say.

Traditionally, autism is diagnosed with behavioral tests that assess whether kids are meeting developmental milestones, such as talking, interacting with their parents and siblings, and learning to give and take in social situations. In recent years, researchers have been working on other ways to detect and potentially diagnose autism. Scientists have identified more than 100 genes connected with a higher risk of developing autism.

Read more here.

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Carers Week

They do an amazing job, are often unsung heroes, and many of us would have a poorer quality of life without them. It’s two and a half weeks to go until Carers Week 2015!  Continue reading Carers Week

State of Caring 2015 report

The State of Caring report shows the urgent need for action to improve support for carers. 40% of carers who took part in the survey want action on financial support to be the top priority for the Government, one in three want the Government to put social care support at the top of the ‘to do’ list.

“The Government must now listen to carers and seize the opportunity to make sure that, by 2020, carers have reason to feel optimistic about the future.”

Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots blogs about a new State of Caring 2015 report here.

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