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Decoding Autism

Airs Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Parker Leiby participates in a landmark brain wave study at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Avalyn Montani, whose older brother has autism, is participating in an infant/sibling study at Children's Hospital Boston. She is wearing an elastic band covered with sensors on her head.
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Above: Avalyn Montani, whose older brother has autism, is participating in an infant/sibling study at Children's Hospital Boston. She is wearing an elastic band covered with sensors on her head.

In 2010, doctors will diagnose more children with an autism spectrum disorder than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. The public television special "Decoding Autism" looks at the devastating neurodevelopmental disorder that leaves families heartbroken, vulnerable and desperate for answers.

The documentary highlights the efforts underway in New Jersey and New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Louisville and Sacramento, where researchers hope to gain insights that may lead to prevention, new treatments and even a cure.

"Decoding Autism" includes interviews with a number of families dealing with the challenges of raising children on the autism spectrum and features visits to schools specializing in educating children with autism.

Visit the website for the facts about autism spectrum disorder and get resources.

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Preview: Decoding Autism

Above: "Decoding Autism," with Emmy Award-winning journalist Sara Lee Kessler, is an hour-long documentary that highlights the efforts underway both in New Jersey and in cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Louisville and Sacramento, California.

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Decoding Autism: Early Detection

Above: Infant/sibling study at Children's Hospital Boston involving children at risk for autism. "Decoding Autism," with Emmy Award-winning journalist Sara Lee Kessler, is an hour-long documentary that highlights the efforts underway both in New Jersey and in cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Louisville and Sacramento, California.

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JormaTakala | April 15, 2011 at 6:35 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

I get angry when I see tv programming like Decoding Autism!

I have aspergers syndrome and because of my unusually high IQ...

I discovered the cause of Autism!!!

But because I have this disorder nobody takes me seriously.

Contact me and I would more than happy to share this knowledge with whomever asks!

This is not a joke, nor is it a scam!

I discovered the cause of autism and I can prove it!

Jorma J. Takala

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