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Autism in children

Evidence suggests at least one in 100 children in the UK has an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Children may have problems with communication, social interaction and flexibility of thought. This can affect how children make sense of the world around them and relate to other people. Diagnosis can take a long time, and often follows a period of uncertainty in a child’s early years when it is unclear whether or not the child actually has an ASC. 

We’re funding research to help children with autism spectrum conditions.

X-linked ichthyosis: searching for better treatments for boys with this rare skin condition

Research date: 1 June 2017 - 31 May 2019
Grant amount: £116,230.00

Children with a rare skin condition called X-linked ichthyosis may one day benefit from research by Professor Edel O’Toole of Queen Mary University of London. This inherited condition almost exclusively affects boys: estimates suggest up to one in 2,000 boys has it.1 They have very dry, discoloured, scaly skin on their arms, legs and torso. There...

Helping children in special schools to overcome vision problems

Research date: 1 March 2016 - 28 February 2019
Grant amount: £189,315.00

Over 100,000 children and young people attend special schools in the UK.1-4 They are more likely than other children to have vision problems, but evidence suggests their problems often go unrecognised and untreated.5 Professor Kathryn Saunders, of Ulster University, is investigating the benefits of assessing children’s vision within the familiar...

ADHD and autism spectrum conditions: could new brain scans improve diagnosis?

Research date: 1 March 2015 - 30 June 2018
Grant amount: £195,418.00

Professor Patrick Bolton, of King’s College London, aims to improve life for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and children with an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Estimates suggest two to five in every 100 children in the UK have ADHD and at least one in every 100 has an ASC.1-5 There is no simple medical test for...

Autism spectrum conditions: could glasses with coloured lenses help children?

Research date: 1 February 2014 - 31 January 2017
Grant amount: £127,936.00

Evidence suggests at least one in 100 children in the UK has an autism spectrum condition (ASC).1-3 These children are thought to see things differently to other children. They can find it hard to recognise people’s faces, and understand facial expressions, for example, and things like bright lights can seem unusually stressful. Dr Amanda Ludlow, of...

Autism spectrum disorders: monitoring children’s brain waves could allow earlier, more objective diagnosis

Research date: 1 July 2013 - 31 March 2017
Grant amount: £79,117.00

Evidence suggests at least one in 100 children in the UK has an autism spectrum condition (ASC).1-3 Diagnosis can take a long time, and often follows a period of uncertainty in a child’s early years when it is unclear whether or not the child actually has an ASC. A team led by Professor Aneta Stefanovska, of the University of Lancaster, is...

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Spotlight on autism

Posted: 31 March 2014 11:11 am
Children who have an autism spectrum condition (ASC) are thought to see things differently to other children. This can cause them a great deal of stress and make communication and social interaction difficult. Recognising people’s faces and understanding facial expressions can be hard for children affected by an ASC. They may also be extremely...
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