Language impairment in autism associated with gray matter volume

Researchers from Russia and the U.S. have found language impairment in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to be associated with a lower volume of gray matter and greater gyrification in the temporal and frontal lobes of the cerebral cortex. These regions play a critical role in language functioning. Understanding the structural characteristics that underlie behavioral deficits can aid in designing special education programs for children with autism. A paper with the study’s findings has been published in Scientific Reports.

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