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Key Findings: Prevalence of self-injurious behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorder

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has published a new study showing that nearly 28% of 8-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) behave in ways that can lead to self-injury. These findings suggest that self-injurious behaviors, such as head banging, arm biting, and skin scratching, are common among children with ASD. More research is needed to determine factors that may cause self-injurious behaviors.

Key Findings: The association between assisted reproductive technology and autism spectrum disorder

Researchers have published new studies looking at the relationship between assisted reproductive technology (ART) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among a group of children born in California between 1997 and 2007. The key findings from each study are highlighted below. These findings are important for researchers, healthcare providers, and public health professionals as we strive to better understand what factors put children at risk for ASD.