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Tag: diagnostic tests

March 2018
two children playing a game together

Race, income, education alter accuracy of autism screen

by  /  28 March 2018

Customized cutoff scores could boost the accuracy of a popular autism screen in certain populations.

mother and daughter sitting across a doctor

Levels of autism severity in diagnostic manual track with intelligence

by  /  26 March 2018

A rating of high severity of autism from the DSM-5, the latest version of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” tracks with low intelligence scores.


Roundtable: Debating diagnostic criteria for autism

 /  17 April 2018

Watch the complete replay of our roundtable on the utility of the DSM-5’s diagnostic criteria for autism. 

scientist looks through binoculars showing a boy on one side, and a mouse on the other.

Why we need a mouse version of a diagnostic test for autism

by ,  /  21 March 2018

Researchers have developed behavioral measures that can accurately diagnose autism in people; these lessons can and should be applied to mice.

boy lying down on the floor touching a metal object

New instrument could assess effects of behavioral treatments

by  /  9 March 2018

A new questionnaire assesses the frequency and severity of various behaviors in children with autism.

Week of FebruaryFeb

Marketing oils for autism; pruning principle matures; mouse manual and more

by  /  2 March 2018

Autism parents fall for the marketing of essential oils, the pruning hypothesis of brain development matures, and an online manual classifies mouse behavior.

February 2018
illustration: a woman looking happy on the left and sad or serious on the right.

The costs of camouflaging autism

by  /  21 February 2018

Many girls hide their autism, sometimes evading diagnosis well into adulthood. These efforts can help women on the spectrum socially and professionally, but they can also do serious harm.


Program in Scotland boosts speed, accuracy of autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2018

A project in Scotland dramatically increased the accuracy of autism diagnosis and cut waiting times in half.

January 2018
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Survey assesses well-being in adults with autism

by  /  24 January 2018

A brief questionnaire written with guidance from people with autism is the first of its kind to assess quality of life among adults with the condition.


Webinar: James McPartland discusses biomarkers for autism

 /  31 January 2018

Watch the complete replay of James McPartland discussing the need for clinically useful biomarkers for autism.