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Are Brains With Autism More Active?

By Becky Benishek | Posted on 02.14.2014 | 2 comments
Are Brains With Autism More Active?
A six-year-old child with autism is sitting apart from other children who are playing a loud game. The noise they’re making doesn’t seem to affect her, and she shows no signs of wanting to join in. In fact, she doesn’t seem to notice what they’re doing at all.
What’s really going on? Researchers have found that the brains of children with autism generate more activity and information at rest than children without autism, leading to a “lack of interest in external stimuli, including interactions with other people.”
What we see as a child being detached and in her own world could really be the effect of a richly populated world of imagination. Find out more about the study and be sure to download our free eBook on supportive strategies for autism spectrum disorders.
Have you noticed such periods of introspection in children with autism? What do you think causes it?
Becky B
A great way to look at things, Richard. Thank you for the comment!
2/17/2014 8:20:55 AM
Richard Hurley
This is for me the most important discovery about the nature of autism. For once, a finding has something positive to say about the condition. It gives us all a great boost and allows us to project ourselves in a positive light. Autism is an asset, not a liability.
2/15/2014 10:30:58 AM