autism

Intriguing New Drug Therapies May Boost Social Skills In People With Autism

New research seems to show encouraging progress in helping treat the complex neurodevelopmental disorder autism. Two unrelated clinical trials, involving men and children with autism, suggest that using drugs to interact with a hormone called vasopressin could improve the social functioning of people living with the disorder, though one approach…

How Robots Could Help Autistic Children Improve Their Social Skills

How Robots Could Help Autistic Children Improve Their Social Skills

As excited or terrified as we might be by the latest advances in robot technology, they’re still far from being the ubiquitous helpers portrayed in science fiction. But a new study published this week in Science Robotics does seem to offer a glimpse of their potential in assisting children who…