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

January 2022

Adult autism diagnoses don’t routinely follow other diagnoses in childhood

by  /  11 January 2022

Among thousands of Danish adults diagnosed with autism after age 18, less than half were diagnosed with a psychiatric condition as children, a new study shows.

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Motor skills in autism: A missed opportunity

by ,  /  4 January 2022

Motor differences are more relevant than has historically been appreciated for understanding, assessing and supporting people on the spectrum.

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December 2021
wooden pebble shapes stacked on top of each other, at varying heights, and according to colors of the spectrum.

Autism by the numbers: Explaining its apparent rise

by  /  22 December 2021

For Spectrum’s fourth annual book, we offer a guide to prevalence estimates.

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Reimagining autism screening: A conversation with Roald Øien

by  /  21 December 2021

The questionnaires used to screen for autism are far from perfect, and tweaking them may not be enough. Roald Øien wants researchers to find better solutions.

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Cluster of traits tied to rare mutations in autism-linked gene

by  /  20 December 2021

Developmental delay, intellectual disability and behavioral issues are common among people who have mutations in MYT1L, a gene with strong ties to autism.

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Pitfalls in using autism claims data: Q&A with Lindsay Shea

by  /  14 December 2021

Insurance claims data are useful for autism research, but the field needs to standardize how they are mined, Shea says.

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DNA methylation in autism, explained

by  /  13 December 2021

How chemical tags called methyl groups position themselves on genetic sequences may hint at some of the causes of autism.

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Earlier autism diagnosis associated with greater trait improvement

by  /  2 December 2021

Children who are diagnosed with autism before age 2 and a half years show more gains in their social skills than children who are diagnosed later.

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U.S. autism prevalence inches upward as racial gaps close

by  /  2 December 2021

Autism prevalence in the United States rose to 1 in 44 children in 2018, up from 1 in 54 in 2016.

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Autism without intellectual impairments more common than previously reported

by  /  1 December 2021

Almost 60 percent of autistic people may have an average or above-average intelligence quotient, according to a new longitudinal study.

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