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Signs & Symptoms

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

April 2019
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In autism, depression takes on unusual forms

by  /  8 April 2019

Depression may show up in children with autism in an unusual way — most commonly as insomnia and restlessness.

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Study identifies top tests of social skills in autistic adults

by  /  5 April 2019

An evaluation of 11 tests of social skills has identified 8 that give credible results in autistic adults.

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Quantitative tests of motor skills could improve autism care

by  /  2 April 2019

New assessments of the subtle motor difficulties that characterize autism could improve autistic children’s lives and teach us a lot about the condition.

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Asthma in parents shows slim link to autism in children

by  /  1 April 2019

A child’s risk of autism is slightly elevated if a parent or sibling has asthma or an autoimmune disease.

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March 2019
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Social problems in autism may impair practical life skills

by  /  28 March 2019

For autistic people, social difficulties may contribute to troubles with daily living — from brushing teeth to taking a bus.

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Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Jill Silverman makes case for rat models of autism

20 March 2019

Watch the complete replay of Jill Silverman discussing using rat models to study neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.

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Large set of brain scans reveals no telltale signs of autism

by  /  21 March 2019

The brains of autistic children show few differences from those of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or even of controls.

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Autistic children’s sleep problems may stem from sensory issues

by  /  20 March 2019

Heightened sensory perception in toddlers with autism may predict sleep problems at around age 7.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Hearing problems hint at potential for early autism screening

by  /  19 March 2019

Difficulties hearing and processing sounds are common in autism and may originate in the brainstem — offering the possibility of an inexpensive screen for the condition.

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