Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.

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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?
Group of young children climb up a blue slide outdoors on a sunny day.

New autism prevalence stats spotlight challenge of early diagnosis

by  /  17 April 2019
The prevalence of autism in 4-year-old children in the United States increased to match a previously reported rise in 8-year-old children, but children are still being evaluated later than is ideal.
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How families are driving the study of autism genes

by  /  10 April 2019
Parents of children with rare autism-linked mutations are banding together for support and to join forces with scientists, accelerating the pace of research.
March 2019
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Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.

Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive
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Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.


Researchers pan blood test for autism as premature for clinical use

by  /  4 March 2019

Doctors can now order a blood test that its makers say may help flag autism, but experts say the test is not appropriate for use in clinics.

February 2019
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Untangling the ties between autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder

by  /  27 February 2019

Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder frequently accompany each other; Scientists are studying both to understand how they differ.

January 2019
Portrait of boy with autism
Features / Deep Dive

Why genetic tests matter for autistic people

by  /  30 January 2019

Genetic tests for people with autism are far from routine and don’t always yield results, but the information they offer can change lives.

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How to offer support for young autistic children in South Africa

by ,  /  22 January 2019

Coaching caregivers in early-intervention strategies may be the most effective way to help young autistic children in South Africa.

Portrait of Matie Ovalle at her home in Chicago.
Features / Deep Dive

How to help low-income children with autism

by  /  16 January 2019

Autistic children from low-income families are undercounted and underserved, a gap community leaders are working to bridge.

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How to help underserved groups gain access to autism care

by  /  15 January 2019

Place your autism center in the community you serve, remove barriers to care, cast a wide net for autism signs, and do as much as possible in the first visit: These principles can help build a lifelong relationship with the community.

December 2018

Unusual sensory responses in infancy may hint at autism

by  /  12 December 2018

Some children diagnosed with autism by age 2 show unusual responses to sights, sounds and textures as infants.

Female doctor with mother and child in doctor's office.

Slow onset may explain late autism diagnosis in some children

by  /  3 December 2018

Some autistic children don’t show traits of the condition until age 5 or later.