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Expert opinions on trends and controversies in autism research.

Previous articles
April 2016

Correcting the record: Leo Kanner and the broad autism phenotype

by ,  /  26 April 2016

The specter of the ‘refrigerator mother’ theory continues to haunt the history of autism. New information puts Kanner’s observations of parents into context.


Should scientists study mothers of children with autism?

by  /  12 April 2016

Studying parents of children with autism has long been controversial, but that doesn’t mean scientists should avoid it.

March 2016

Tech tools help parents, teachers overcome autism’s hurdles

by  /  29 March 2016

Web-based courses and online counseling can help families and service providers better understand the needs of individuals on the spectrum.


When tracking brain activity, timing can be key

by  /  15 March 2016

A brain imaging technique called magnetoencephalography characterizes not just what is happening in the brain, but also where and when, making it ideally suited for studying autism.


When a flair for reading is mistaken for autism

by  /  8 March 2016

Some children who read early or speak late are misdiagnosed with autism.

February 2016

Big brains may hold clues to origins of autism

by  /  23 February 2016

The brain enlargement seen in many children with autism may reveal hints about the condition’s causes.


Devising spectrum of tests for different types of autism

by  /  16 February 2016

Finding biomarkers for different forms of autism may lead to more effective treatments for each.

January 2016

Before talking about autism, listen to families

by  /  26 January 2016

Scientists should phrase their findings to be sensitive to the dignity and needs of people with autism.


To screen or not to screen: That is not the question

by  /  5 January 2016

Instead of debating about whether to screen all children for autism, we should be looking for better ways to identify children at risk and help them access services.

December 2015

New programs let adults with autism find meaningful work

by  /  22 December 2015

Employment is a crucial part of independent adult life, but many with autism struggle to find it.


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