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

July 2020
two researchers in two separate elevators, wearing COVID-19 protective gear
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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clinician with child and family
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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lone figure is dwarfed by field of letters
Features / Deep Dive

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.

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June 2020
Two brains resting on the scales of justice
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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lone researcher confronts the giant coronavirus from within the pillars of a crumbling institution
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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News

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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News

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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