A standard questionnaire can help identify social (pragmatic) communication disorder more readily in school-age children.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Theofanopoulou shares how flamenco stepped up the pace of her social-communication research, and what’s behind the ‘no fear’ ethos in her new lab.
Interview techniques that cater to a range of communication abilities can elicit the perspectives of autistic youth with cognitive and verbal challenges.
What developmental milestones say about autism research: A conversation with Susan Kuo and Elise Robinson
Shifts in diagnostic criteria have only added to the condition’s bedeviling heterogeneity, an analysis of smiling, sitting, walking and other early milestones in more than 17,000 autistic children reveals.
Increased white-matter maturation tracks with stronger language abilities later in childhood, but the relationship with cortical thickness is less clear.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published the first repository of vocalizations from minimally verbal autistic people. Those with few or no spoken words still produce a range of phonemes, or units of sound, that may serve as developmental markers or intervention targets.
Many autistic children experience language regression for about three months in early childhood, but this lapse does not appear to foretell future communication issues.
Genes that appear to play a role in some birds’ ability to learn songs are frequently mutated in autistic people.
Experts question data showing that an experimental therapy that parents deliver to babies with early signs of autism can lessen the intensity of the children’s traits and lower their chances of diagnosis at age 3.