The bulk of the increase in autism prevalence stems from a growing awareness of the condition and changes to the diagnostic criteria.
Mutations in a gene called ZNF292 lead to a variety of developmental conditions, including autism and intellectual disability.
Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.
Understanding how gaze differs in autistic people may help improve their lives.
People who have mutations in a gene called PHF21A tend to have a constellation of traits and conditions, including autism.
A mix of two drugs eases hypersensitivity to noise in mice missing an autism gene — offering the promise of a similar treatment for autistic people.
At least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a large study.