Parents see more benefits to a diagnosis of autism than their affected children do — perhaps unsurprising, given young people’s overwhelming desire to fit in with their peers.
From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.
Two networks of genes are abnormally expressed in the brains of people with autism, according to a study published today in Nature.
Autism is diagnosed based on the severity and variety of its symptoms. This makes it very difficult to diagnose and easy to confuse with other disorders, such as language delay and intellectual disability, cautions Isabelle Rapin.
Speech-generating devices are a beneficial intervention for people with autism who cannot speak or sign, according to two studies published in the past few months.
Two large studies published in the past two months have found that traits linked to autism are widely distributed in the general population. Although about 1 in 100 children is diagnosed with autism, up to 30 percent of people may have at least one of the traits associated with the disorder.