Problems with verbal and nonverbal communication — such as prosody, grammar, facial expressions and eye contact — contribute to the social difficulties individuals on the spectrum experience.
Mice of myriad strains and designs have helped scientists understand autism, but they have limitations as autism models. This report describes what scientists can hope to learn from old and new mouse models of autism.
Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often co-occur. Researchers are examining when and why these conditions may overlap.
Many people with autism have trouble falling asleep, or wake up too early or for extended periods during the night.
Researchers are devising better ways to detect and treat the anxiety that can accompany autism.
Studies of infants at risk for autism have not yielded a test to predict who will eventually be diagnosed. But they have transformed our understanding of the condition.
The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.
In the past 10 years, scientists have identified some 65 genes tied to autism, and the list continues to grow. Many of these genes play key roles in the brain.
Most of the conversation about autism — whether about services or science — concerns children with the condition. But what happens when children with autism grow up?