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

March 2018
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New instrument could assess effects of behavioral treatments

by  /  9 March 2018

A new questionnaire assesses the frequency and severity of various behaviors in children with autism.

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News

Sensory aspects of speech linked to language issues in autism

by  /  8 March 2018

Language problems in children with autism may be partially rooted in an inability to integrate sight and sound when other people talk.

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Opinion

Many adults with autism also have depression

by , ,  /  7 March 2018

Nearly half of adults with autism will experience clinical depression in their lifetime, according to a new study.

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Low intelligence, repetitive actions tied to self-injury in autism

by  /  7 March 2018

People with autism who are admitted to the hospital for self-injury tend to have low intelligence quotients and severe repetitive behaviors.

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An picture to illustrate a ‘predictive coding’ theory of autism suggests that many of the condition’s hallmark traits occur when sensory input overrides expectation in the brain.
Features / Deep Dive

How autism may stem from problems with prediction

by  /  7 March 2018

A ‘predictive coding’ theory of autism suggests that many of the condition’s hallmark traits occur when sensory input overrides expectation in the brain.

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Parent training boosts language in nonverbal children with autism

by  /  1 March 2018

Children with autism who speak few or no words improve in their verbal abilities after their parents learn to engage them in conversation during play.

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February 2018
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Genetics underscores importance of motor deficits in autism

by  /  28 February 2018

Spontaneous mutations that impair proteins may lead to motor problems in children with autism.

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Checklist of abilities opens window onto lives of people with autism

by  /  26 February 2018

A new catalog may help clinicians evaluate the daily challenges people with autism face.

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News

Twist on gene-editing tool may speed studies of gene function

by  /  21 February 2018

Researchers have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to dial down a gene’s activity in select subtypes of neurons in mice.

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Features / Deep Dive

The costs of camouflaging autism

by  /  21 February 2018

Many girls hide their autism, sometimes evading diagnosis well into adulthood. These efforts can help women on the spectrum socially and professionally, but they can also do serious harm.

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