A new theory on the development of autism in children - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/3/10

A new theory on the development of autism in children

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Cleveland clinic researcher has a new theory on why some children may be more apt to develop autism. The center part of your brain called the corpus collosum allows each side of the brain to communicate, but the study indicates the corpus collosum appears to be much smaller in children with autism.

"So you can imagine if your corpus collosum is not working right then the two sides of the brain aren't going to communicate correctly," said Thomas Frazier, Ph.D., a Cleveland clinic researcher.

People with autism typically are not able to process complex social and emotional cues.  Dr. Frazier's study actually looked at several other studies that involved MRI scans on kids with autism, but when he and a colleague put them all together, that's when they noticed a significant difference in size of that central part of the brain.

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