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Joseph Piven, MD, is featured in an article titled “Autism Spectrum Disorder: Engaging in a Social World” in the latest edition of NIH News in Health.

Joseph Piven, MD, the Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology and director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, is featured in this NIH article on autism, geared toward a general audience.

Here’s an excerpt:

The symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder usually appear around age two. That’s why experts recommend children be screened for autism at their 18- and 24-month well-child visits.

“Children with autism don’t look like they have symptoms in the first year of life,” says Dr. Joseph Piven, a child psychiatrist at the University of North Carolina. “Children at age six months are very social. Typically developing children can play peekaboo, laugh, and engage. The children who go on to develop autism are not distinguishable on the basis of their social behavior.”

Researchers are trying to detect changes in the brain before behavioral symptoms appear.

Read the entire article here.