Neurobiology of Autism; Brain Growth
Dr. Joseph Buxbaum discusses the difficulties of studying brain development in children with autism. Despite these difficulties, initial studies suggest that the head growth of children with autism is initially accelerated and then reaches a plateau relative to the brain growth of children without autism. One possible explanation for this is that extra connections are made and then pruned at a slower rate in children with autism.
"One thing that seems to be clear is that brain development is probably different in autism..."
— Joseph Buxbaum, PhD