Atypical attentional networks and the emergence of autism.

  title={Atypical attentional networks and the emergence of autism.},
  author={Brandon Keehn and Ralph-Axel M{\"u}ller and Jeanne Townsend},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
  volume={37 2},
The sociocommunicative impairments that define autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not present at birth but emerge gradually over the first two years of life. In typical development, basic attentional processes may provide a critical foundation for sociocommunicative abilities. Therefore early attentional dysfunction in ASD may result in atypical development of social communication. Prior research has demonstrated that persons with ASD exhibit early and lifelong impairments in attention. The… CONTINUE READING
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