Too few students with autism or intellectual disabilities have sex education. That omission may prevent them from forming fulfilling romantic relationships, and it may make them targets of abuse.
Autistic children who have behavioral problems tend to have an enlarged right amygdala, and in girls the size is associated with the severity of certain behaviors.
Girls with autism are diagnosed 1.5 years later, on average, than boys with the condition, perhaps because they tend to have stronger verbal skills.
A new resource that details the ages at which children attain milestones such as speaking and walking could help clinicians spot autism sooner.
Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.
Misinformation about autistic women and sex is common in the scientific community. A study published this year is a case in point.
A new autism mouse model carries the same mutation in a gene called ADNP that is seen in autistic people.
New data linking autism to steroid levels in pregnant women are inconsistent with basic facts about the biochemistry of steroids.