PICA Awareness: A debilitating condition, common with autism ~ The Autism Cafe

What’s PICA? Pica is a mental health condition where people compulsively swallow non-food items. For my son, Charlie, who has profound autism, a “PICA item” is… everything. Wrappers, toys, dirt, plants, paint from the wall, anything on the floor, rubber bands, nails, coins, dollar bills… You name it. Charlie compulsively swallows everything he sees. What causes PICA…

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Genetics, Drug Reactions, and Environmental Factors Linked to Autism Development – Neuroscience News

Summary: A collaborative research effort delved deeper into the environmental factors impacting autism spectrum disorder (ASD) onset. Utilizing a mouse model treated with valproate, researchers observed an increase in the expression of the Rnf146 gene, a known ASD influencer, in the mouse’s prefrontal lobe. This was associated with autistic behavioral patterns and a disrupted neurotransmitter…

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‘We All Might Be Witches’ Supports Youth with Autism, Neurodivergence

Provided by Katherine Gotthardt, Author Award-winning poet and author Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt announced her 12th book, We All Might Be Witches, an illustrated collection of micropoems released by MacKenzie Publishing. Gotthardt, inspired by her son, wrote the book to honor those with autism spectrum disorder and conditions considered cognitive or emotional disabilities. “The word ‘disability’ attached to…

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‘Social touch’ responses in mice gauged with unprecedented control | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Head to head: Mice use an array of social-touch behaviors to interact, including facial whisker touch. Heidi and Hans-Juergen Koch / Minden Pictures A new assay measures how mice respond to social touch, a type of interaction that fosters kinship and facilitates communication between animals. This test could help scientists study reactions to social touch…

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