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

March 2016
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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News

Funding agency seeks to dismantle diagnostic barriers

by  /  7 December 2015

Despite the exit of its leader, the National Institute of Mental Health is moving forward with plans for a new system to classify mental illness.

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News

Sweeping study underscores autism’s overlap with obsessions

by  /  3 December 2015

The largest study of people with autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder to date adds to mounting evidence that the two conditions share genetic roots.

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November 2015
News

Autism’s rise tracks with drop in other childhood disorders

by  /  19 November 2015

The latest estimate of autism prevalence suggests the condition is more common than previously thought, and highlights the complexity in the seemingly simple statistic.

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News

Survey switch may explain rise in new autism stats

by  /  13 November 2015

About 1 in 45 children in the U.S. have autism, up 79 percent from the estimate for 2013. But there is more to the apparent jump in diagnoses than meets the eye.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Stephen Blumberg: Tracking autism’s transience

by  /  3 November 2015

Roughly 13 percent of children with autism eventually lose their diagnosis, either because they outgrow it or because they never had autism to begin with.

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