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

August 2020
A plate with a slice of yellow cake sits on a blue plate on a light blue table cloth, surrounded by spoons and forks. This image places an emphasis on food and ritualized behaviors.
Opinion

Autism and eating disorders may have an emotional connection

by , ,  /  12 August 2020

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any kinds of mental illness. They don’t discriminate, affecting people of all ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities, ages and backgrounds.

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Small group of Chinese students looking at tablet together.
News

Autism prevalence estimates for China, Greece align with global patterns

by  /  6 August 2020

About 0.7 percent of children in China aged 6 to 12 — and 1.15 percent of 10- and 11-year-olds in Greece — have autism, figures that are consistent with prevalence estimates elsewhere.

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Matt Lerner playing the sax in his year
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Matthew Lerner

by  /  4 August 2020

Since the pandemic began, Matthew Lerner and his team have become part of a massive experiment on maintaining social connection at a distance.

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July 2020
Man working from home office.
News

INSAR 2020, from home

by  /  31 July 2020

Like so many other events this year, autism’s biggest annual conference — the International Society for Autism Research meeting — was forced to go virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pen and ink drawings by a father and daughter in a. sketchbook
Opinion / Q&A

On the same page: Divorce, drawing, and parenting an autistic child

by  /  28 July 2020

Shared sketch books chart a father-daughter relationship over time and provide a valuable outlet for self-regulating emotions.

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News

COVID-19 may be deadlier for group-home residents

by  /  23 July 2020

Intellectually or developmentally disabled group-home residents are dying from COVID-19 at twice the rate of all New Yorkers with the virus.

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Portrait of siblings Michelle and Mark Byamugisha
Features / Deep Dive

How autism shapes sibling relationships

by  /  22 July 2020

Having an autistic brother or sister can pose challenges, but it can also make children patient, empathetic and resilient.

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News

Researchers grapple with anxiety, new policies as universities reopen

by  /  13 July 2020

With pandemic restrictions lifting, many researchers are cautiously returning to work.

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

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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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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