Early features of other conditions may contribute to autism itself
Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.
A new strategy for diagnosing autism shortens the evaluation process — and the wait for answers.
The brains of people with autism show a variety of structural differences from those of controls.
A widely used test for autism misses some children with delays in motor, social and communication skills.
Pediatricians disagree with specialists 25 percent of the time on whether a child should receive an autism diagnosis.
It’s been five years since the autism community agonized over the debut of a new iteration of a diagnostic manual that set out to rewrite the definition of autism. In this special report, we revisit the concerns and controversy over the fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5).
Don’t judge this book by its decidedly dull cover: Across its pages, some of the most dramatic changes in the history of autism have played out. This short animation chronicles how a diagnostic manual has defined and redefined autism over the years.
The DSM-5 acknowledges how gender shapes autism more than any previous diagnostic manual has, but it’s time to fold in a few new findings.
From a form of childhood schizophrenia to a spectrum of conditions, the characterization of autism in diagnostic manuals has a complicated history.
A 2013 initiative to find biological roots for mental health diagnoses still has broad appeal, but has not produced a dramatic shift in autism research.
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