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A brain system that appears to compensate for autism

posted 15 Feb 2015, 06:36 by Valerie Carlin   [ updated 23 Feb 2015, 07:43 by Jan Szafranski ]

Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders -- autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment -- appear to compensate for dysfunction by relying on a single powerful and nimble system in the brain known as declarative memory.

This hypothesis being proposed by a Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientist is based on decades of research. It is published online and will be in the April issue of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.

The proposed compensation allows individuals with autism to learn scripts for navigating social situations; helps people with obsessive-compulsive disorder or Tourette syndrome to control tics and compulsions; and provides strategies to overcome reading and language difficulties in those diagnosed with dyslexia, autism, or Specific Language Impairment, a developmental disorder of language.

- See more at: http://www.neuroscientistnews.com/research-news/brain-system-appears-compensate-autism-ocd-and-dyslexia#sthash.L5pahJ5s.dpuf