Understanding the causes of loss of skills in autism

Research area: Clinical Sciences > Neurodisability and Rehabilitation | Status: Active

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Little is known about the causes of this severe and rapid loss of skills in Autism.

The Loss of Skills study will collect high-quality information about children with autism or social and communication impairments consistent with autism who have a substantial loss of skills.

The Loss of Skills study will collect high-quality information about children with autism or social and communication impairments consistent with autism who have a substantial loss of skills.

Overview

Over two per cent of Victorian children up to the age of 11 are diagnosed with autism, with 30 percent of those said to have lost language and social skills over time. Of those who lose skills, a smaller proportion will experience substantial regression over a period of just weeks or months. Little is known about the causes of this severe and rapid loss of skills.

The Loss of Skills study will collect high-quality information about children with autism or social and communication impairments consistent with autism who have a substantial loss of skills. By focusing on children up to age seven, researchers hope to discover possible causes as well as describe clinical subtypes of loss of skills, and to be able to link the two.

The project is part of our Pathways to Autism project that aims to understand the condition by studying groups of children with neurodevelopmental differences to identify patterns that could shed light on other types of autism.

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