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Theories of autism

No one knows exactly what lies at the root of autism — but that hasn’t stopped scientists from speculating.

Footprints form the shape of '2018'

2018: Year in Review

Take a look back at the year’s hot topics, notable papers and top Spectrum stories, plus innovative programs and artists changing how we view autism.

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Autism 101

How is autism diagnosed? What explains the rise in autism’s prevalence? How much do genes contribute to the condition? What about the environment? This section provides answers to these and other questions.

Social communication on the spectrum

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.

Spotlight on mouse models of autism

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.

Sleepless on the spectrum

Many people with autism have trouble falling asleep, or wake up too early or for extended periods during the night.