Many autistic children show continuous improvement in trait severity until they are school-age, at which point progress often levels off.
Spectrum spoke with three Black scientists about why they got into autism research, what keeps them excited about their work and how the field could become more diverse.
Ami Klin wants researchers, clinicians and policymakers to think of autism as something inborn that only predisposes a child to certain traits. Early intervention can change the course of development.
Rapid growth and inadequate standards in the ‘applied behavior analysis’ industry may put vulnerable children in the hands of poorly prepared technicians.
The more children with autism tune in to and communicate with others as toddlers, the stronger their conversation skills are later in childhood.
High rates of intellectual disability among Black autistic children may reflect diagnostic delays.
Since the pandemic began, Matthew Lerner and his team have become part of a massive experiment on maintaining social connection at a distance.
Most toddlers who screen positive for autism do not receive the recommended referrals for follow-up tests or therapies.