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.
Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.
Coaching parents to provide early social stimulation may improve outcomes for children with autism.
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.
Community mental health clinics, which serve millions of Americans, can help identify adults with undiagnosed autism — and change their lives for the better.
Assessing social ability in adults with autism requires controlled tests involving real-time social interactions. Virtual reality makes this possible.
Asking parents autism screening questions orally instead of in writing may capture more young Latino children who have the condition.
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.
A video-based screening tool can flag infants who are later diagnosed with autism as early as 6 months.