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Tag: severe autism

July 2020
Portrait of siblings Michelle and Mark Byamugisha
Features / Deep Dive

How autism shapes sibling relationships

by  /  22 July 2020

Having an autistic brother or sister can pose challenges, but it can also make children patient, empathetic and resilient.

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lone figure is dwarfed by field of letters
Features / Deep Dive

How one communication tool may fail some autistic people

by  /  1 July 2020

Parents say the so-called ‘rapid prompting method’ unlocks hidden talents in their minimally verbal autistic children, but researchers question whether the words produced are the child’s own.

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May 2020
Opinion / Cross Talk

Autistic in a pandemic: Stories from around the world

26 May 2020

Nearly two dozen autistic people or their caregivers in 19 countries told Spectrum how the initial weeks of the pandemic have challenged and changed them.

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April 2020
Child is organizing her toys in her room
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Autistic children’s repetitive behaviors linked to sleep, sensory problems

by  /  20 April 2020

Toddlers who sleep poorly or overreact or underreact to sensory stimuli have more repetitive behaviors and other autism traits later in childhood.

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February 2020
Illustration shows child at school seated in chair with bullies all around
Features / Deep Dive

How abuse mars the lives of autistic people

by  /  5 February 2020

Many people with autism experience a triad of trauma: neglect at home, abuse from trusted adults and bullying at school or work.

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October 2019
News

Language regression in autism tied to motor milestones

by  /  9 October 2019

Autistic children who lose words reach key milestones earlier than autistic children without language regression.

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May 2019
Illustration shows woman connecting digitally with other parents
Multimedia / Podcasts

Spectrum Stories: How social media aids discovery and diagnosis of autism-linked conditions

by  /  6 May 2019

Social media is connecting families with researchers who study rare conditions related to autism — to the benefit of both.

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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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April 2019
Features / Deep Dive

In search of truce in the autism wars

by  /  24 April 2019

The fight between those who define autism as a medical condition and those who see it as a mere difference has reached vitriolic levels. Can the two sides come together to support all autistic people?

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February 2019
Gabin and his father at home in Paris.
Features / Deep Dive

Europe’s race to ramp up genetic tests for autism

by  /  13 February 2019

Many countries in Europe are reckoning with the growing demand for genetic tests for autistic people — and the accompanying ethical and scientific considerations.

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