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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.

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Anxiety in autism

Researchers are devising better ways to detect and treat the anxiety that can accompany autism.

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Sibling studies

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.

Regression in autism

The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.