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Where communication breaks down for people with autism

by  /  18 April 2018

People on the spectrum often have subtle problems using language or making facial expressions. Pinpointing where those difficulties originate may help ease their social communication.

Ask me first: What self-assessments can tell us about autism

by  /  4 April 2018

With a growing acknowledgement of self-awareness in people with autism, self-report questionnaires are gaining popularity in research and clinical practice.

Why studying autism in mice may be doomed to fail

by  /  21 March 2018

After more than a decade of effort, scientists are questioning whether mouse models of autism can ever capture the social deficits seen in people with the condition.

How autism may stem from problems with prediction

by  /  7 March 2018

A ‘predictive coding’ theory of autism suggests that many of the condition’s hallmark traits occur when sensory input overrides expectation in the brain.

The costs of camouflaging autism

by  /  21 February 2018

Many girls hide their autism, sometimes evading diagnosis well into adulthood. These efforts can help women on the spectrum socially and professionally, but they can also do serious harm.

Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD

by  /  7 February 2018

Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence.

Weighing up autism’s obesity crisis

by  /  24 January 2018

Autism’s underlying biology, associated behaviors and treatments can all put people on the spectrum at serious risk for obesity.

France faces down its outdated notions about autism

by  /  10 January 2018

After lagging behind other countries for decades, France is working on a new national plan for autism.

Why autism remains hidden in Africa

by  /  13 December 2017

Many African children with autism are hidden away at home — sometimes tied up, almost always undiagnosed. Efforts to bring the condition into the open are only just beginning.

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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