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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

Opinion / Viewpoint
A mother and child interact on a giant flower while social workers tend the garden around them

Social workers are poised to help Latino children get autism evaluations

by  /  7 July 2020
Autism prevalence differs between Latino and white children in part due to structural inequalities within the U.S. education and healthcare systems. Social workers are in a prime position to help.
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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.
Features / Deep Dive
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How one communication tool may fail some autistic people

by  /  1 July 2020
Parents say the so-called 'rapid prompting method' unlocks hidden talents in their minimally verbal autistic children, but researchers question whether the words produced are the child's own.
June 2020
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Opinion / Q&A

Lessons from ‘neurolaw’ for autism research

by  /  30 June 2020

Francis X. Shen, a researcher at the intersection of neuroscience and the law, says scientists must include information about study participants’ income, education and race in their findings.

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Features / Special Reports

Autism and the coronavirus pandemic

17 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is altering autism research in unprecedented ways. It also has had a huge impact on the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

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Researcher connections: Understanding a decade of collaborations in autism research

by  /  12 June 2020

Spectrum reviewed more than 35,000 journal articles and nearly 6,700 grants to home in on a highly interconnected network of 150 scientists who are advancing autism research through collaboration.

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Features / Deep Dive

Meet the autistic scientists redefining autism research

by  /  10 June 2020

Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers — from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities — to shape autism science.

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Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Jack Gilbert

by  /  9 June 2020

Jack Gilbert is teasing out how microbes transform their home environments, from the comfort of his own.

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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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Amidst the pandemic, autism’s largest conference moves online

by  /  1 June 2020

Organizers of the International Society for Autism Research’s annual meeting will host digital offerings on 3 June.

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May 2020
Opinion / Cross Talk

Autistic in a pandemic: Stories from around the world

26 May 2020

Nearly two dozen autistic people or their caregivers in 19 countries told Spectrum how the initial weeks of the pandemic have challenged and changed them.

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Funding for autism research, explained

by  /  25 May 2020

Biomedical research costs money. And applying for research funding can be a long and complicated process.

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Coronavirus threatens autistic people living in group homes

by ,  /  21 May 2020

Living in close quarters, with rotating staff and sometimes inadequate protective equipment, group-home residents are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

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