Spectrum: Autism Research News
The coronavirus pandemic is altering autism research in unprecedented ways. It also has had a huge impact on the diagnosis and treatment of the condition. This special report wraps up Spectrum’s coverage so far on the myriad reverberations of the virus within the autism community.
In the academic world, conferences have been cancelled and labs have put clinical trials on hold, moved their efforts online or shuttered altogether. Scientific journals are extending deadlines for authors and editors, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health is similarly granting researchers greater flexibility in their applications, budgets and progress reports. Scientists are redesigning some studies for a socially distanced world. Clinicians, meanwhile, are rethinking how to screen for autism and offer therapy remotely.
For some people on the spectrum, life in lockdown is aggravating anxiety and other autism traits. Women and children with autism, and those living in group homes, seem particularly hard hit by the pandemic, although the experiences of autistic people have been almost as varied as the condition itself.
This special report also includes advice for families on managing lockdown from researchers and advocates, and calls for maintaining disability services and disability rights during the crisis. In a podcast and two webinars, you can listen to autistic people, clinicians and researchers discuss the pandemic and their experiences.
Organizers of the International Society for Autism Research’s annual meeting will host digital offerings on 3 June.
As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts researchers’ working lives, the academic journals that publish their work are adjusting too.
The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered universities and institutes, leaving scientists scrambling to continue their research.
People with disabilities are at increased risk of medical and other complications from coronavirus infection. There is a lot that governments can do to help them.
To help families cope with the sudden loss of professional support during the pandemic, one team in France has created a set of resources and information.
Host Chelsey B. Coombs talks to clinicians and people with autism about their experience of the pandemic, how their routines have changed and some of the unexpected benefits.
The coronavirus lockdown has radically disrupted autistic people’s schedules and access to services, according to a new survey.
Sheltering in place is especially hard for autistic children who dread changes in routine and who may have learned to repress their ways of managing stress. Here are tips to help them cope.
Social distancing may pose special challenges for people with autism and their caregivers.
Cut off from clients by the pandemic, clinicians are turning to video conferencing and other technologies to diagnose children with autism.
The National Institutes of Health is offering autism researchers who are coping with the coronavirus pandemic flexibility with their grant applications, budgets and progress reports.
While much of the world’s operations have sputtered to a halt, some labs have found ways to keep science moving forward.
Locked out of labs during the coronavirus pandemic, scientists are moving their investigations to virtual and online formats, a shift that may bring lasting changes to autism research.
Nearly two dozen autistic people or their caregivers in 19 countries told Spectrum how the initial weeks of the pandemic have challenged and changed them.
With life-saving gear in short supply during the pandemic, health authorities must ensure that disabled people are not pushed to the back of the line.
Webinar: Themba Carr, Amy Esler, Jeffrey Hine and Stephen Kanne on autism clinicians’ responses to COVID-19
On 23 April, Themba Carr, Amy Esler, Jeffrey Hine and Stephen Kanne spoke about how COVID-19 has affected their clinical practices, plus strategies for continuing to work during the crisis.
Living in close quarters, with rotating staff and sometimes inadequate protective equipment, group-home residents are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
On 31 March, Somer Bishop, Gaia Novarino and Huda Zoghbi discussed how COVID-19 has affected their autism research and clinical practices, plus strategies for continuing to work during the crisis.
While most of the world hungers for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, some anti-vaccine groups are joining anti-lockdown protesters to challenge restrictions aimed at protecting public health.