-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- It's difficult for children
with autism to recognize improper social behavior and, even if they
do, they are often unable to use spoken language to explain why the
behavior was inappropriate, a small new study reveals.
The findings from brain scans of children with autism support
the results of previous behavior studies that reached similar
conclusions about language impairment in children with autism, the
The study included 12 children with autism and 13 children
without autism who were asked to identify in which of two pictures
a boy was being bad -- a social judgment -- or which of the
pictures was outdoors -- a physical judgment. As the children did
this, their brain activity was monitored using functional MRI.
Both groups of children were successful at the task, but the
children with autism showed activity in fewer brain regions
involving social and language networks, according to the study
published Oct. 17 in the journal
Although language was not needed for the task, the children
without autism used language areas of the brain while making their
decisions about the pictures, noted researcher Elizabeth Carter, of
Carnegie Mellon University, and colleagues.
"These results indicate that it is important to work with these children on translating their knowledge into language," Carter said in a journal news release.
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