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

July 2020
clinician with child and family
News

Positive autism screening results rarely prompt follow-up

by  /  2 July 2020

Most toddlers who screen positive for autism do not receive the recommended referrals for follow-up tests or therapies.

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June 2020
News

Decade of data dents idea of a ‘female protective effect’

by  /  12 June 2020

Brothers and sisters of people with autism are both about two to three times more likely than the general population to have an autistic child themselves.

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News

Autism tests gauge traits equally well in girls and boys

by  /  5 June 2020

Three widely used tests for assessing autism can accurately measure trait severity in girls and boys.

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May 2020
News

Rare mutations in autism genes tied to intellectual disability

by  /  22 May 2020

A new study highlights the challenge of distinguishing genetic variants linked to autism from those associated with cognitive development.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How the loss of Asperger syndrome has lasting repercussions

by  /  19 May 2020

Some people who have lost the diagnosis of Asperger syndrome say they feel a loss of identity and worry about a loss of services.

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Small child with pill in mouth.
News

Preschoolers with autism get few hours of evidence-based therapies

by  /  14 May 2020

Autistic preschoolers may get too little therapy and too much medication, according to a new study.

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Opinion / Q&A

Diagnosing autism with a camera and an algorithm

by  /  12 May 2020

Robert Schultz hopes to use technology to change how autism is studied, diagnosed and treated.

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April 2020
doctor with remote patients on screen in his office
News

Remote diagnosis, support could aid families during lockdown

by  /  27 April 2020

Cut off from clients by the pandemic, clinicians are turning to video conferencing and other technologies to diagnose children with autism.

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Illustration shows a boy with converging patterns overlapping; these lines signify autism and intellectual disability.
Features / Deep Dive

The blurred line between autism and intellectual disability

by  /  15 April 2020

Doctors often conflate autism and intellectual disability, and no wonder: The biological distinction between them is murky. Scientific progress depends on knowing where the conditions intersect — and part ways.

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Microscope image of Fragile X chromosome
News / Toolbox

U.S. authorizes rapid blood test for fragile X syndrome

by  /  8 April 2020

A new blood test can identify within seven hours whether a person carries the genetic mutation underlying fragile X syndrome.

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