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

March 2020
an onscreen app compares developmental milestones for more accurate early autism diagnosis.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How online training may help detect autism earlier

by ,  /  17 March 2020

Providing training for primary-care clinicians and for families can go a long way to lowering the average age of autism diagnosis and helping children get the services they need.

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February 2020
News

Verbal ability may predict age at autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2020

Girls with autism are diagnosed 1.5 years later, on average, than boys with the condition, perhaps because they tend to have stronger verbal skills.

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A baby in a yellow jumper that has movement tracking sensors
News / Toolbox

Smart jumpsuit may help test motor skills in infants with autism

by  /  12 February 2020

A new jumpsuit is fitted with sensors that can track and classify an infant’s posture and movements.

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Young family of four reading together
News

Autism has no impact on family size in Sweden

by  /  7 February 2020

New data challenge the idea that parents of autistic children refrain from having more children.

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Opinion / Q&A

How one doctor made Oman a leader on autism in the Middle East

by  /  4 February 2020

Developmental pediatrician Watfa Al-Mamari is building an autism program in Oman from the ground up.

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Young boys in Oman in a market sit and drink juice
News

Analysis offers first reliable estimate of prevalence in Oman

by  /  3 February 2020

A new study has found that 0.2 percent of children in Oman are on the autism spectrum — an estimate about 15 times higher than the previous one.

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January 2020
PANDAS is a big category with elastic borders absorbing autism and Tourettes syndrome
Features / Deep Dive

How a controversial condition called PANDAS is gaining ground on autism

by  /  8 January 2020

Some scientists say an immune condition called PANDAS affects as many as 1 in 200 children who have traits similar to those of autism. But many experts contest that figure — and even the condition’s very existence.

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

Five hot topics in autism research in 2019

23 December 2019

This year’s hot topics in autism research center around brain organoids, heart rate, the gut microbiome, treatment timing and early detection.

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Illustration of a storefront with stem cell treatments
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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map shows autism prevalence over time
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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