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

May 2019
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The extreme male brain, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

The ‘extreme male brain’ theory suggests that autism is an exaggeration of systematic sex differences in ways of thinking.

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Serotonin’s link to autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

Serotonin, the brain chemical best known for its link to depression, may also be involved in autism.

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Autistic children’s decline in development may begin at 9 months

by  /  1 May 2019

Some autistic children’s communication and motor skills begin to decelerate between 9 and 18 months — years before the average age of diagnosis.

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April 2019
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Children who outgrow autism label end up with other diagnoses

by  /  25 April 2019

Nearly all children who lose their autism diagnosis have other conditions, such as anxiety and language and behavioral disorders.

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People’s affinity for social cues is inherited, study suggests

by  /  22 April 2019

Genetics may govern a person’s ability to pay attention to social cues.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Evelina Fedorenko discusses language processing in autism

17 April 2019

Watch the complete replay of Evelina Fedorenko discussing language processing and development in autism.

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Study identifies predictors of early death among autistic people

by  /  17 April 2019

People with autism who avoid social interactions or have troubles with daily living skills may be at increased risk of an early death.

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Autism runs in families with history of brain conditions

by  /  15 April 2019

Children in families with a history of brain conditions may be at increased odds of being autistic.

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News / Toolbox

New scale measures anxiety in children with autism

by  /  12 April 2019

A new parent questionnaire is the first test designed to gauge anxiety in children with autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

How families are driving the study of autism genes

by  /  10 April 2019

Parents of children with rare autism-linked mutations are banding together for support and to join forces with scientists, accelerating the pace of research.

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