The findings of a recent study are challenging the prevailing notion in the field that the brains of people with autism may be lacking in neural connections. Autism spectrum disorder is a neuro-developmental condition affecting an estimated 1 in 88 children.
The research demonstrates that the brains of children with autism actually show more connections than the brains of typically developing children. Additionally, the brains of individuals with the most significant social symptoms are also the most hyper-connected. The researchers hope the findings could lead to new treatment strategies and new ways to detect autism early.