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What are low activity brain patterns in children with ASD?

Studies of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) reveal that their brain patterns tend to have high activity or low activity (and both in some cases). Low activity patterns in ASD show: 
  • A smaller, less active cerebellum, contributing to impeded or poor motor skills, and problems with learning and thought coordination
  • Decreased activity in the back portion of the brain, especially in the parietal and temporal lobes, contributing to communication difficulties, learning problems, sensory processing issues and problems with abstract thinking
  • Overall decreased activity and “scalloping” (a bumpy looking surface), which is associated with environmental toxicity
  • Sometimes, a head injury pattern is revealed.
As you can see, brain activity patterns in ASD are quite varied. (SPECT) imaging, makes it possible to better understand brain function. In addition, a detailed clinical history, neuropsychological testing and laboratory studies may be used to target treatment specifically to the brain using the least toxic, most effective means. 

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