A hormone that is often given to women to help with labor may also improve the social skills of some children with autism.
According to a new study, researchers looked at 17 children and teens diagnosed with the disorder.
They discovered that those who were given one dose of Oxytocin by a nasal spray had increased brain activity in areas linked to social perception and awareness.
The hormone also decreased the brain activity when the kids were engaged in non-social tasks.
The effects of Oxytocin were temporary and did not change the children’s overall social skills.
However, researchers hope it could improve their performance during behavioral therapies.