Monday, February 10, 2014

Some children with Autism strongly react to noise.

By Shoshana Davis | CBS News

CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Holly Phillips joined “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss the major medical stories of the week.

A new study is shedding light on one of the key mysteries of autism – why some children with the disorder have extreme reactions to noise. Researchers have long known that kids with autism struggle with communication, but, for the first time, scientists at Vanderbilt University have shown one reason why.

The research shows that, while most people see others talking in sync, for many kids with autism there’s a delay between what they see and what they hear, causing them to see speech out of sync.

LaPook spoke to one of the researchers at Vanderbilt, who said that more than 90 percent of children with autism have some sort of “auditory processing delay.” He explained that they are coming up with many ways to help these kids cope.

“What they’re doing now is they’ve come up with these video games and other ways of trying to accelerate … the auditory processing so that it gets in sync – it’s not out of sync like a badly dubbed movie,” said LaPook. “I love this because they’re finally getting down to the brain wiring and figuring out how can we actually figure out what’s wrong and how to maybe kind of fix it.”

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