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Expert opinions on trends and controversies in autism research.

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July 2018

For children with autism, tablet app may deliver life skills

by  /  24 July 2018

Software may complement traditional behavioral therapy for autism, but making programs engaging and effective is a challenge.

Two doctors look at a brain scan with a 'fingerprint' pattern over the grey matter area.

Unique brain ‘fingerprints’ may narrow search for autism subtypes

by ,  /  10 July 2018

Grouping people with autism based on their unique brain-activity ‘fingerprints’ may help to identify subtypes of the condition.


How the new U.S. ‘Right to Try’ law could harm people with autism

by  /  3 July 2018

People with autism already have access to experimental treatments; the new law could make that access more dangerous.

June 2018
Illustration of scientists on ladder shining flashlight into a human brain with a raincloud inside.

Why we need screens for depression in people with autism

by ,  /  26 June 2018

The instruments clinicians use to diagnose depression in people with autism cannot capture its unique presentation in this group.


How separating children from parents causes irreparable harm

by  /  26 June 2018

Science teaches us that housing children in institution-like settings is likely to cause severe and permanent damage to their minds and bodies.


Genetic testing, counseling crucial in people with developmental delay

by ,  /  19 June 2018

Referring children with developmental delay to a clinical geneticist for testing and counseling helps families and advances research.

Big baby plays with two connected rings while two scientists with clipboards look on.

Traits of other conditions may spur autism

by ,  /  12 June 2018

Early features of other conditions may contribute to autism itself


Abridged autism assessment speeds access to therapy

by  /  5 June 2018

A new strategy for diagnosing autism shortens the evaluation process — and the wait for answers.

May 2018
An ambulance and a police car on a city street, lights on.

Training first responders to recognize autism may avert tragedies

by ,  /  29 May 2018

A lack of training for first responders, combined with the communication difficulties of people with autism, can create dangerous misunderstandings.

Figures along the top of a cliff, reaching for the papers falling from the sky and circulating in the air currents.

How I learned to stop worrying and love preprints

by  /  22 May 2018

Preprints are gaining traction in biology, but some researchers have lingering concerns. Should they?


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