Minicolumns, autism and age: what it means for people with autism



“Studies using brain tissues have revealed brain cells in the area called the cerebral cortex are organized in a specific way called “minicolumns”. In people with autism, this organization is different than those without autism. This has led scientists to ask what these columns do and how is it related to autism symptoms?”

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About the Author

Carolyn Hare

Carolyn Komich Hare

Carolyn has been working in the field of Autism for more than 20 years.  She is a special education teacher, certified ADI-R Trainer and the Clinical Manager for the Autism Tissue Program (ATP).  Ms. Hare is nationally recognized for her work with transition aged- students and the development of a multi-site, national intervention for college students with ASDs. Locally, she is the founder of the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh which operates Pittsburgh’s Joey Travolta Summer Film Camp. Ms. Hare is especially interested in working with and problem solving issues relating to adolescents and adults with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Additionally, Ms. Hare is proud to have served on ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA Board of Directors for several years.

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