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

December 2019
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Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

In case you missed them: Spectrum’s standout stories from 2019

23 December 2019

Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.

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News

Autism prevalence estimates for Catalonia, Iran highlight gaps in data

by  /  18 December 2019

The first rigorous estimate of autism in Catalonia, Spain, has found a prevalence on par with that in the United States; an independent study in Iran, meanwhile, has found a prevalence that lags far behind.

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New U.S. autism guidelines call for early treatment

by  /  16 December 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics has, for the first time in 12 years, overhauled its recommendations for identifying and supporting autistic children.

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News / Toolbox

New database catalogs variants in autism genes

by  /  13 December 2019

A new database cross-checks study participants to avoid double-counting variants linked to autism genes.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Studies of gaze could improve diagnosis, treatment of autism

by  /  10 December 2019

Understanding how gaze differs in autistic people may help improve their lives.

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Opinion

The cost of a delayed autism diagnosis

by ,  /  3 December 2019

Many people go more than half of their lives before learning that they are autistic; one writer on the spectrum believes we can do better.

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Severity predicts autistic children’s ability to learn life skills

by  /  2 December 2019

How well autistic children perform daily-living tasks tracks with their language skills and autism traits.

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November 2019
Owen in the waiting and resting area during his testing at the Yale Child Study Center
Features / Deep Dive

Owen’s odyssey: The difficult path to an autism diagnosis

by  /  6 November 2019

This is part 1 of the story of one boy’s long journey to an autism diagnosis and therapy. Part 2 will track Owen’s progress later this year.

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October 2019
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News

Molecular signature may lead to blood test for autism

by  /  31 October 2019

Researchers have identified a distinctive pattern of gene expression in the white blood cells of young autistic boys.

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Analysis pins down prevalence of mental health conditions in autism

by  /  7 October 2019

Eight mental health conditions occur unusually often in autistic people, a new analysis suggests.

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