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

June 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

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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News

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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Features / Deep Dive

The unexpected plus of parenting with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

Having autism as a parent might seem impossibly challenging. But a generation of parents with the condition is showing that it can be an advantage — even when their child does not share the diagnosis.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

With support, community doctors could detect adults with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

Community mental health clinics, which serve millions of Americans, can help identify adults with undiagnosed autism — and change their lives for the better.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism

by ,  /  16 May 2017

Assessing social ability in adults with autism requires controlled tests involving real-time social interactions. Virtual reality makes this possible.

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News

Oral test successfully screens Latino toddlers for autism

by  /  13 May 2017

Asking parents autism screening questions orally instead of in writing may capture more young Latino children who have the condition.

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Review of medical records reveals pitfalls of autism screen

by  /  12 May 2017

The vast majority of children flagged for autism on a widely used screening test are never diagnosed with the condition, and some children who are not picked up are diagnosed years later.

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Movie-based test helps parents recognize autism in infants

by  /  12 May 2017

A video-based screening tool can flag infants who are later diagnosed with autism as early as 6 months.

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Doctors twice as likely to miss girls as boys on autism screen

by  /  12 May 2017

Pediatricians are failing to identify 80 percent of toddlers who need an evaluation for autism, and are missing nearly twice as many girls as boys.

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