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

October 2020
Parent reads to her child at night in a makeshift text with cozy lights.
News / Toolbox

Virtual lab visits enable remote assessments of child development

by  /  7 October 2020

A new telehealth test offers researchers a way to detect signs of atypical behavior from afar and could help more families participate in autism studies and clinical trials.

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A child wearing headphones looking into his locker with bullies lurking behind him.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why it is imperative to ask autistic adolescents about bullying

by ,  /  6 October 2020

Being bullied puts adolescents with autism at increased risk of suicide. Identifying and preventing bullying may help prevent suicides.

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Toddler vocalizing next to parent.
News

Autistic toddlers do not tune in to sounds with others

by  /  2 October 2020

Unlike typical toddlers, those with autism tend not to share experiences involving sound — dancing to music with their parents, for example, or calling attention to the source of a sound.

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September 2020
Close-up of adult hand holding preemie baby hand.
News

Increasing delays in development may signal autism in preterm babies

by  /  28 September 2020

Extremely preterm babies later diagnosed with autism tend to show steep declines in development, a pattern that could flag them for intervention as early as 6 months of age.

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The knight Perceval leaves his mother in extreme distress, oblivious to his effect, as he rides into the distance.
Opinion / Viewpoint

The perils of suggesting famous historical figures had autism

by ,  /  22 September 2020

Looking for signs of autism in characters from history and literature can offer insight into society’s changing perceptions through time — but it can also increase the risk of stigma against people with the condition.

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Illustration shows a family is watching fireworks, child sees blurry version of the event.
Features / Deep Dive

Eyeing the connection between autism and vision

by  /  16 September 2020

Autism is unusually common among blind people, and children with autism are more likely to have vision problems than their typical peers. Understanding why could lead to better therapies for autism for autism.

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Illustration shows information flowing from family (parents and child) into algorithm .
Opinion / Viewpoint

Listening to parents can curtail autism’s diagnostic odyssey

by ,  /  15 September 2020

Surveys of parents’ impressions of their child’s emotional and behavioral problems can improve autism screening and shorten waitlists for diagnostic evaluations.

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People reaching out to touch hands through screen.
Opinion / Viewpoint

We need better strategies to support autistic people as the COVID-19 crisis continues

by  /  8 September 2020

Interviews with autistic people reveal that many miss their friends and opportunities for social connection, in stark contrast to orthodox views that they have little social motivation and prefer a life of self-isolation.

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News

Autism prevalence in the United States explained

by  /  3 September 2020

The bulk of the increase in autism prevalence stems from a growing awareness of the condition and changes to the diagnostic criteria.

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August 2020
Two faces interacting socially while data is being recorded, illustration.
News

Facial expressions between autistic and typical people may be mismatched

by  /  28 August 2020

Conversations between an autistic and a typical person involve less smiling and more mismatched facial expressions than do interactions between two typical people.

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