Skip to main content

Spectrum: Autism Research News

TOPIC

Signs & Symptoms

Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.

June 2020

Autism traits in childhood linked to eating disorders in adolescence

by  /  4 June 2020

Children with social difficulties are more likely than those without to develop problems with eating by age 14.

0 Comments

Why it is critical to assess quality of life in people with autism

by ,  /  2 June 2020

Researchers and clinicians need fast, effective tools to measure quality of life in autistic people.

0 Comments
May 2020
baby grasping an adult hand

Hormone level in infants may predict autism diagnosis

by  /  11 May 2020

Infants with low levels of the hormone vasopressin in their cerebrospinal fluid may be more likely to later be diagnosed with autism.

0 Comments
Teenage girl sad and sitting by window.

Autistic girls may experience more emotional challenges than autistic boys do

by  /  8 May 2020

Emotion control eludes more girls than boys with autism, according to a new study of young people hospitalized for psychiatric issues.

0 Comments
Depressed teenage girl in her bedroom.

Autistic children’s emotional problems may persist into young adulthood

by  /  1 May 2020

A study that followed 126 autistic people in England from their preteen years to age 23 found little improvement in their behavioral and emotional problems.

0 Comments
April 2020
Preteen girl taking test with assessor sitting nearby

Cognitive tests may help characterize intellectual disability

by  /  29 April 2020

Standardized tests can reliably assess memory, language ability, executive function and other traits in people with intellectual disability linked to autism.

0 Comments
Child is organizing her toys in her room

Autistic children’s repetitive behaviors linked to sleep, sensory problems

by  /  20 April 2020

Toddlers who sleep poorly or overreact or underreact to sensory stimuli have more repetitive behaviors and other autism traits later in childhood.

0 Comments
Toddler cries, looking away from parent

Infants’ interactions with parents may predict autism

by  /  17 April 2020

In younger siblings of children with autism, insecure attachments to their caregivers increases the odds of being diagnosed with autism.

0 Comments
three children in profile with speech bubbles: one is empty, one contains one letter, and one contains the word 'hi" to illustrate various levels of verbal ability.

How to define verbal ability in autistic children

by  /  14 April 2020

Researchers use a variety of measures and definitions to characterize autistic children who speak few or no words.

0 Comments
Illustration shows heads and brains inside at various sizes.

Autism’s relationship to head size, explained

by  /  9 April 2020

Some people with autism have an unusually large head. What causes the enlargement? And does it have any bearing on outcome?

0 Comments