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Book Review: ‘The Pattern Seekers’ links human invention — past, present and future — to autism traits

by  /  10 November 2020

Simon Baron-Cohen’s new book is essentially a 272-page argument for his hypothesis that all human innovation stems from the ability to discern and manipulate causal patterns.

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October 2020
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Book Review: An autistic writer recounts the fun and futility of trying to fit in

by  /  13 October 2020

In “I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder,” Sarah Kurchak weaves together jagged honesty, funny anecdotes and occasionally painful doses of self-awareness.

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August 2020
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Review: ‘Love on the Spectrum’ is kind, but unrepresentative

by  /  18 August 2020

The Netflix series that follows 20-something autistic adults looking for love is well intentioned but fails to capture reality and is riddled with bad advice.

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October 2019
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Film review: Rare realism about autism in ‘The Limits of My World’

by  /  8 October 2019

Heather Cassano’s documentary about her autistic brother Brian is a thoughtful and empathetic look at life on the spectrum.

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October 2018
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Book Review: A mother finds reward in risk

by  /  30 October 2018

In “The Boy Who Loved Too Much,” a woman tries to cocoon her son, who has Williams syndrome, from life’s insults but later realizes her protective instincts carry dangers of their own.

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December 2017
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Review: ‘Uncommon Sense’ exquisitely explores autism’s sensory experiences

by  /  5 December 2017

The play dexterously depicts the struggles — sensory and social — of four characters who occupy distinct places on the autism spectrum.

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June 2017
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Book Review: ‘To Siri with Love’ offers provocative look at parenting

by  /  20 June 2017

A new book highlights how parenting children with autism is a lot like parenting anyone: You worry, you obsess and, on many an occasion, underestimate everyone, including yourself.

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April 2017
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Book review: ‘Rigor Mortis’ reveals rampant sloppiness in science

by  /  4 April 2017

In his new book, journalist Richard Harris writes that lack of reproducibility in research poses a serious threat to science.

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July 2016
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Going gluten-free unlikely to help most people with autism

by ,  /  26 July 2016

The presence of antibodies against a wheat protein may indicate that a child with autism would benefit from a gluten-free diet — but little data support this theory.

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January 2016
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‘In a Different Key’ presents symphony of autism’s history

by  /  19 January 2016

Journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker detail autism’s transformation from a diagnosis shrouded in shame to an increasingly accepted, even celebrated, condition.

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August 2015
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Book review: “Neurotribes” recovers lost history of autism

by  /  25 August 2015

Steve Silberman’s new book, “Neurotribes,” recounts his 15-year quest to understand “the legacy of autism.”

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