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How online training may help detect autism earlier

by ,  /  17 March 2020

Providing training for primary-care clinicians and for families can go a long way to lowering the average age of autism diagnosis and helping children get the services they need.

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Why adults with autism need sex education

by  /  13 March 2020
Too few students with autism or intellectual disabilities have sex education. That omission may prevent them from forming fulfilling romantic relationships, and it may make them targets of abuse.
Opinion / Cross Talk
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Disability policies highlight major differences among U.S. presidential hopefuls

by ,  /  3 March 2020
Most of the top contenders for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination have released comprehensive plans for disability policies.
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Telehealth may enable remote participation in autism trials

by  /  3 March 2020
Some families do not have the financial ability or time to participate in clinical trials for autism. New technologies may enable them to participate from their homes.

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How to run a lab from home during a pandemic

by  /  31 March 2020

While much of the world’s operations have sputtered to a halt, some labs have found ways to keep science moving forward.

Caregiver and person with autism are inside a delicate protected sphere, while the COVID19 virus looms all around them.
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How governments should maintain disability services during the pandemic

by  /  24 March 2020

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.

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How normative modeling can reframe autism’s heterogeneity

by ,  /  25 February 2020

Normative modeling could capture variability among autistic people and allow for individualized assessments.

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Why concern about facial recognition from brain scans is overblown

by  /  18 February 2020

Can brain scans, in the wrong hands, compromise research participants’ identity? The risk is minimal.

Female researcher with autism looks at distorted view of herself among scientists papers, flying around the distorted face
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Why autism research needs more input from autistic people

by  /  11 February 2020

Too many scientists fail to acknowledge autistic people’s potential contributions to the field. This shortsightedness damages scientists’ ability to help people.

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How one doctor made Oman a leader on autism in the Middle East

by  /  4 February 2020

Developmental pediatrician Watfa Al-Mamari is building an autism program in Oman from the ground up.

Two silhouettes, of child and an adult in a twilight colored setting. We can see inside the brain and interactions with medicine and the brain. The child's head is surrounded by clouds and the adult head is in the clear.
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Why serotonin medications may yet help children with autism

by  /  28 January 2020

A class of medications used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder seems to ease compulsive behaviors in adults with autism. Why can’t we tell if these medications work similarly in children with the condition?

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Psychology research skews mostly white and wealthy

by ,  /  27 January 2020

For decades, the overwhelming majority of psychology research has examined people who live in the United States and other affluent Western countries — presenting a skewed view of the human mind.

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‘Autistic while black’: How autism amplifies stereotypes

by  /  21 January 2020

A lack of research on black people with autism makes it difficult for an autistic black woman to survive in the workplace and elsewhere.

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How the autonomic nervous system may govern anxiety in autism

by ,  /  14 January 2020

The branch of the nervous system that regulates subconscious bodily processes such as breathing and digestion may play a key role in autism.

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