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Brain-body connection may ease autistic people’s social problems

by  /  20 August 2019

An auditory therapy may improve autistic people’s emotional control and help them feel safe enough to engage with the world.

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researchers, doctors and others work together to help a family and their autistic child. Family is at the center of a flower, and the researchers are moving the petals into place.

Medical ‘home’ programs offer coordinated care for autistic people

by ,  /  13 August 2019
A Utah program provides comprehensive care for autistic people across the lifespan and engages families in the decision-making.
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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mikle South

by  /  6 August 2019
Mikle South spends his days teaching classes, studying the relationship between anxiety and autism, and coping with living in a conservative state.
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Early-detection technique analyzes how children with autism scan faces

by , ,  /  6 August 2019
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a new autism detection technique that distinguishes among different eye-gaze patterns to help doctors more quickly and accurately detect autism in children.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

We need precise measurements of sensory traits related to autism

by  /  30 July 2019

Separating sensitivity to sensory stimuli from the response to the stimuli may help scientists understand the root cause of sensory traits in autistic people.

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How autistic people use compensatory strategies to cope with daily life

by , , ,  /  26 July 2019

In a large survey, autistic adults from around the world described their experiences of using psychological strategies to fit in.

drawing shows organized lab on left, and the disorder of daily life and community services on the right.
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Community delivery of autism therapies lags far behind evidence

by  /  23 July 2019

Most community clinicians do not deliver care that is in line with the latest evidence — and they are not improving over time.

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Opinion

Providing accommodations for autistic workers benefits everyone

by ,  /  18 July 2019

Companies can use many strategies to make workplaces more inclusive.

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For autistic children, emotional problems may hinder social success

by ,  /  16 July 2019

Although many children with autism want to engage with peers, their emotional difficulties often get in the way of their relationships.

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What it’s like to be autistic at an autism research conference

by ,  /  15 July 2019

An autistic journalist is cautiously optimistic that the annual INSAR conference is becoming more inclusive of the autism community.

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How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

Opinion / Cross Talk

Can we ‘see’ autism in the brain?

2 July 2019

We asked five autism researchers to weigh in on whether there is a unique brain signature for autism and, if so, how to identify it.

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Stimming, therapeutic for autistic people, deserves acceptance

by  /  25 June 2019

Repetitive behaviors such as hand-flapping and spinning may give autistic people a sense of control; instead of discouraging these behaviors, therapists should address triggers upsetting to autistic people.

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Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Adam Guastella

by  /  11 June 2019

Clinical psychologist Adam Guastella is driven to develop treatments that work for all autistic people — and to throw birthday parties for a few of those people.

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