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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: diagnosis

May 2019
African american woman alone in medical setting

Landmark summit on autism health care kicks off

by  /  4 May 2019

A panel of autism scientists and advocates is charged with a tall order: making recommendations for the care of autistic people worldwide.

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Arab family walking on the autumn beach

First estimate of autism prevalence in Qatar finds high numbers

by  /  4 May 2019

The prevalence of autism among school-aged children in Qatar is higher than the worldwide average.

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Teacher reading a book with a class of children

U.S. autism prevalence in black children based on few families

by  /  4 May 2019

A national survey that estimates autism prevalence includes too few black families to yield accurate data for that demographic.

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Gaze patterns in toddlers may predict autism

by  /  2 May 2019

The gaze of children as young as 16 months old may help predict whether they have autism and reveal finer-grained details, such as their verbal and social abilities.

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A group of boys and girls holding hands walking on a school hallway

Diagnostic tests don’t miss girls with autism, study suggests

by  /  2 May 2019

Boys and girls with autism get virtually identical scores on three commonly used diagnostic tests, suggesting that sex doesn’t affect the scores.

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The female protective effect, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

One of the leading theories of autism posits that girls and women are biologically protected from the condition.

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Mother offers toys to toddler

Autistic children’s decline in development may begin at 9 months

by  /  1 May 2019

Some autistic children’s communication and motor skills begin to decelerate between 9 and 18 months — years before the average age of diagnosis.

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April 2019
Illustration of scientists trying to piece together a female head in marble

Dutch project aims to raise awareness of autism in women

by  /  30 April 2019

A new network in the Netherlands is focused on problems and solutions specific to autistic girls and women.

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Boy wearing his backpack, outside

Children who outgrow autism label end up with other diagnoses

by  /  25 April 2019

Nearly all children who lose their autism diagnosis have other conditions, such as anxiety and language and behavioral disorders.

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Group of young children climb up a blue slide outdoors on a sunny day.

New autism prevalence stats spotlight challenge of early diagnosis

by  /  17 April 2019

The prevalence of autism in 4-year-old children in the United States increased to match a previously reported rise in 8-year-old children, but children are still being evaluated later than is ideal.

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