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November 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Electronic glow may disrupt sleep for people on the spectrum

by  /  13 November 2017

Exposure to certain types of light at night may exacerbate sleep issues among people with autism.

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Sleepless nights rouse behavioral problems in children with autism

by  /  13 November 2017

Children with autism who have sleep problems are often distracted, hyperactive, irritable and aggressive.

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Portrayals of autism on television don’t showcase full spectrum

by  /  7 November 2017

Television characters with autism look dramatically different from the majority of people who have the condition.

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October 2017
Toddler girl sleeping with hair floating against black background.
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How treating sleep may ease all forms of autism

by  /  31 October 2017

Behavioral interventions and medications can help children with autism-related syndromes sleep better, but the treatments must be tailored to the cause of each child’s sleep disturbance.

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A woman sitting in the library resting her head in her hands.
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College students with autism need support to succeed on campus

by ,  /  24 October 2017

Academic and social support can help students with autism thrive in institutions of higher education.

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Illustration of a room full of people napping, with a magnifying glass on one person who cannot fall asleep.
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Divided autism community bonds over need to study sleep

by  /  17 October 2017

Autism researchers and funding agencies should turn their attention to sleep in autism — and its many connections to health, mood and behavior.

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Illustration of two people speaking into a speech bubble.
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To partner with autism community, welcome dissenting opinions

by  /  10 October 2017

Giving the autism community a voice in research means engaging in meaningful dialogue, not just making token gestures.

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September 2017
Illustration of people sitting at a party with looming shadows.
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Suicidal tendencies hard to spot in some people with autism

by  /  26 September 2017

To effectively screen for suicidality in people with autism, we need to learn how to ask questions that lead to real answers.

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Illustration of Protein factories at neuronal junctions
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Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.

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Illustration of woman scratching her head looking at a web of signs.
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Adolescents with autism need access to better sex education

by  /  5 September 2017

Sex education in schools needs to be adapted for teens on the spectrum so they can approach relationships in a way that is safe, confident and healthy.

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