Without it, autistic adults with high support needs like my son are missing out on treatments that could reduce their suffering and improve their quality of life.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Expert opinions on trends and controversies in autism research.
The researchers attempted to retroactively identify signs of autism in people who died by suicide, but their analysis is not convincing.
The paper relied on parent-reported data and adjusted for few potentially confounding variables.
Motor differences are more relevant than has historically been appreciated for understanding, assessing and supporting people on the spectrum.
Autistic adults are especially prone to contracting COVID-19 and to having complications from it. We need mitigation strategies and vaccination policies to better protect them.
For 40 years, the preponderance of autism research has focused on understanding the causes and characteristics of the condition rather than testing assessments or interventions in community settings.
Steve Warren co-discovered the genetic mechanism that underpins fragile X syndrome and was a generous, inspiring mentor to many.
Studies of autism subtypes rarely validate their results, and this has led to a proliferation of autism subtypes of questionable utility. But reliable subtyping can help improve the prognosis for and care of autistic people.
Despite the growing interest in alexithymia in autism research, the tools commonly used to measure this trait may not work reliably in autistic populations. A new scoring method fills that gap.
Integrating genetic analyses into studies of babies’ brain development could help us understand how autism-related genes contribute to autism traits.
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