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Growth and maturation in children with autism  

While the cause of autism is unknown, children with autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been noted in several studies to have a high prevalence of accelerated head growth, appear to be taller on average than the general population, and may have gastrointestinal co-morbidities for which gluten- and/or casein-free diets are prescribed. Growth patterns and markers of maturation in autistic children have not been studied in detail, and other methods of assessing maturation in autistic children, such as hormone analyses and bone age, have not been explored. This cross-sectional study aims to determine if children with autism or ASD have patterns of childhood growth, development, and hormonal levels that differ from that of a group of normal control children. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $57,383.00
Project Number 1ZIAHD008742-08
Principal Investigator Mills, James
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LB. Develop at least five measures of behavioral and/or biological heterogeneity in children or adults with ASD, beyond variation in intellectual disability, that clearly relate to etiology and risk, treatment response and/or outcome by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $71,100,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution National Institutes of Health (NIH)
State/Country Maryland
Web Link 1 Growth and maturation in children with autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Growth and maturation in children with autism | $27,518.00 | 2010 | 1ZIAHD008742-09