Applied behavioral analysis is the most widely used therapy for autism, but some people say its drills and routines are cruel, and its aims misguided.
Individuals with autism have trouble reading social cues because their brains connect sights and sounds over unusually long periods of time.
Unusually thin nerve fibers in the brain may underlie the motor difficulties seen in children with Angelman syndrome, an autism-related condition.
Manipulating MeCP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, has revealed two neuron types as crucial contributors to the condition.
A newly created strain of mice lacking SHANK3 closely mimics the effects of the protein’s loss in some people with autism.
Clinicians can use play to deliver therapies that could improve a child’s social skills, language and certain cognitive capacities.
Growing up with a brother or sister on the spectrum motivates some young people to devote their careers to investigating autism.
Mutations in a gene called POGZ lead to a constellation of traits, including a small head, developmental delay and, often, autism.
Treatments for autism might be effective even after the brain is fully formed.