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

August 2017
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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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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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Features / Deep Dive

Rethinking regression in autism

by  /  2 August 2017

The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.

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July 2017
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School survey in India reveals low autism prevalence

by  /  12 July 2017

Roughly 23 of every 10,000 children in India have autism, according to the country’s first rigorous estimate of autism prevalence.

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Features / Deep Dive

The social ties between autism and schizophrenia

by  /  12 July 2017

Autism and schizophrenia share a long and tangled history. Comparing the social features of the two conditions could lead to better treatments and a deeper understanding of each.

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Regional autism rates point to impact of awareness, training

by  /  10 July 2017

The odds of getting an autism diagnosis depend on where in the United States a person lives.

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June 2017
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Remembering Isabelle Rapin (1927-2017)

by  /  13 June 2017

Isabelle Rapin, a child neurologist who spent more than 50 years working with people with autism, passed away 24 May at the age of 89.

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Lessons for parents may change autism’s trajectory

by  /  6 June 2017

Coaching parents to provide early social stimulation may improve outcomes for children with autism.

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May 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Autism in motion

by  /  31 May 2017

Children with autism are often clumsy, physically awkward or uncoordinated. This understudied and nearly ubiquitous feature has researchers contemplating a new idea: Could motor problems be one source of autism’s social difficulties?

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Chromosome 16 mutations augur distinct developmental paths

by  /  25 May 2017

Children missing a stretch of DNA on chromosome 16 show worsening motor and social skills in the first eight years of life; those with an extra copy of the region do not show this decline.

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