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

February 2020
54% of autistic mothers report that professionals involved with their children often don’t believe them, compared with 31% of neurotypical mothers. 41% of autistic mothers feel that agencies do not support them sufficiently when they ask for parenting help. 68% of neurotypical mothers feel they can turn to others for parenting support. Only 41% of autistic mothers feel the same. 44% of autistic mothers report having anxiety that affects their ability to communicate, compared with 6% of neurotypical mothers. 38% of autistic mothers rarely or never disclose their autism diagnosis to professionals when talking about their children. 94% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with parental multitasking. Only 51% of autistic mothers say the same. 85% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with all the domestic responsibilities of parenting compared with 47% of autistic mothers. Autistic mothers do not differ from neurotypical mothers in putting their children’s needs above their own.
News

Why autistic mothers may feel overwhelmed and undersupported

by  /  26 February 2020

Autistic mothers report having more anxiety and depression than neurotypical mothers do.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How normative modeling can reframe autism’s heterogeneity

by ,  /  25 February 2020

Normative modeling could capture variability among autistic people and allow for individualized assessments.

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Young black man in inpatient psychiatric care facility
News

Study points to racial disparities among hospitalized autistic children

by  /  24 February 2020

Black children with autism who are hospitalized for psychiatric problems are more impaired than their white peers. Socioeconomic factors may explain the difference.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
17th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Scientific jargon, savant social skills, impostor syndrome

by  /  21 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 17 February.

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iphone held up to crowd shows MRIs of people nearby
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why concern about facial recognition from brain scans is overblown

by  /  18 February 2020

Can brain scans, in the wrong hands, compromise research participants’ identity? The risk is minimal.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
10th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Neuronal interference, effects of trauma, sensory rooms

by  /  14 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 10 February.

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Female researcher with autism looks at distorted view of herself among scientists papers, flying around the distorted face
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why autism research needs more input from autistic people

by  /  11 February 2020

Too many scientists fail to acknowledge autistic people’s potential contributions to the field. This shortsightedness damages scientists’ ability to help people.

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Illustration shows child at school seated in chair with bullies all around
Features / Deep Dive

How abuse mars the lives of autistic people

by  /  5 February 2020

Many people with autism experience a triad of trauma: neglect at home, abuse from trusted adults and bullying at school or work.

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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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News

Increase in intelligence scores may not alter autism traits

by  /  4 February 2020

People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain stable over this time.

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