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The hidden danger of suicide in autism

by  /  8 August 2018

Many people with autism entertain thoughts of suicide and yet show few obvious signs of their distress. Some scientists are identifying risks — and solutions — unique to autistic individuals.

The healthcare system is failing autistic adults

by  /  25 July 2018

Adults on the spectrum frequently have a range of other conditions — but they rarely get the help they need.

Can a computer diagnose autism?

by  /  11 July 2018

Machine-learning holds the promise to help clinicians spot autism sooner, but technical and ethical obstacles remain.

How to game the search for autism treatments

by  /  20 June 2018

An expanding arcade of video games takes aim at easing autism traits, from poor visual attention to problems with motor skills. But how useful — and fun — are these games, really?

Why police need training to interact with people on the spectrum

by  /  6 June 2018

Encounters between law enforcement and people with autism often go wrong, but some police departments are beginning to train their officers.

How colleges can prepare for students with autism

by  /  23 May 2018

Increasing numbers of young adults with autism are pursuing a college education. Many campuses are not ready for them.

Why the definition of autism needs to be refined

by  /  9 May 2018

Five years after its latest revision, the manual used to diagnose autism is back under scrutiny, as evidence suggests it excludes some people on the spectrum.

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.