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Diagnosis

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

April 2016
Features / Deep Dive

Living between genders

by  /  13 April 2016

‘Trans’ people with autism express a gender at odds with societal expectations, or reject the male-female divide entirely. Many are breaking new ground on how identity is defined — and what it means to also have autism.

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March 2016
News

U.S. stats show autism rate reaching possible plateau

by  /  31 March 2016

After a steady climb since 2000, the prevalence of autism among school-age children appears to have stalled at 1 in 68.

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News

Many toddlers with autism and low intelligence walk on time

by  /  25 March 2016

Most children who have both autism and intellectual disability take their first steps on time or earlier than those with other conditions.

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News

Placenta test for autism risk sparks serious concern

by  /  21 March 2016

A new test claims to assess a child’s risk of autism based on abnormal folds in the placenta, but there is little evidence to support its use.

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News

Diagnostic tests for women with autism fall short

by  /  11 March 2016

Women with autism show fewer repetitive behaviors than men with the condition on a standard diagnostic test, leading to possible underdiagnoses.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

When a flair for reading is mistaken for autism

by  /  8 March 2016

Some children who read early or speak late are misdiagnosed with autism.

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January 2016
News

Autism rates among preschoolers signal gaps in detection

by  /  11 January 2016

The rate of autism among 4-year-olds is lower than that among 8-year-olds, suggesting that many children go undiagnosed until they start school.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

To screen or not to screen: That is not the question

by  /  5 January 2016

Instead of debating about whether to screen all children for autism, we should be looking for better ways to identify children at risk and help them access services.

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December 2015
Features / Special Reports / 2015 Year in review

Hot topics of 2015

22 December 2015

Here’s a rundown of five trending topics that are turning traditional assumptions about autism on their head.

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Features / Deep Dive

The missing generation

by  /  9 December 2015

Left to languish in psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had, many older adults with autism were neglected or forgotten for decades. Efforts to help them are finally underway.

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