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

October 2017
Mother and child sitting on the floor reading a book.
Features / Deep Dive

Why children with ‘severe autism’ are overlooked by science

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with ‘severe autism’ are the most in need of help, yet the most overlooked in research. A new initiative is making them the primary focus.

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News

Late birth linked to risk of autism with intellectual disability

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with autism who were born late tend to also have intellectual disability.

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September 2017
African American girl and boy hold hands and walk during a sunny day.
News

Repeat risk of autism in families varies by sex of older sibling

by  /  25 September 2017

Children who have an older sister with autism are more likely to also have the condition than those who have an older brother on the spectrum.

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News

Screening tool misidentifies autism in many toddlers

by  /  13 September 2017

Three studies suggest that clinicians need a more finely tuned screen for children younger than 20 months.

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Opinion

Australia’s new autism diagnosis guidelines may miss the mark

by , ,  /  12 September 2017

The presumption of the new report is that standardizing the method of diagnosis will address the problem of diagnostic uncertainty, but is it asking the right question?

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News

Studies highlight need to adapt autism tests for African cultures

by  /  11 September 2017

Some of the items on a common diagnostic test for autism do not translate well to African cultures.

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Children in pre-school sitting around a learning circle.
News

South African children with autism may lack access to schools

by  /  8 September 2017

Only about 0.1 percent of children in the Western Cape province of South Africa have autism, according to a review of school records.

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August 2017
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News

New diagnosis covers ‘borderlands’ of autism spectrum

by  /  28 August 2017

Children with social communication disorder have the same features as children with autism; they just have fewer of the features.

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Features / Deep Dive

What baby siblings can teach us about autism

by  /  16 August 2017

Studies of infants at risk for autism have not yielded a test to predict who will eventually be diagnosed. But they have transformed our understanding of the condition.

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Parents sitting their child down for a serious conversation.
News

Parental concern may skew scores on autism test

by  /  14 August 2017

A widely used test for diagnosing autism may miss children whose parents are not concerned that their child may have the condition.

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