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

March 2020
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New model may help assess sleep problems in autistic children

by  /  13 March 2020

Analyzing five sleep-related factors reveals associations between sleep troubles in autistic children and problem behaviors during the day.

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Enlarged amygdala linked to severe behavioral problems in autistic girls

by  /  5 March 2020

Autistic children who have behavioral problems tend to have an enlarged right amygdala, and in girls the size is associated with the severity of certain behaviors.

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February 2020
Young boy biting his fingernails, looking anxiously out the window.
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Long-term study tracks persistence of self-harm in autistic people

by  /  21 February 2020

Autistic people who are hyperactive or have difficulty controlling their own impulses are the most likely to show ongoing self-injury.

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Intelligence, behavior shape adulthood for people with autism

by  /  14 February 2020

Adults with autism vary enormously in their quality of life, and two factors may explain most of this variation.

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Sleep problems in autism, explained

by  /  6 February 2020

Many people with autism have difficulty falling and staying asleep, but there may be ways to help them.

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Illustration shows child at school seated in chair with bullies all around
Features / Deep Dive

How abuse mars the lives of autistic people

by  /  5 February 2020

Many people with autism experience a triad of trauma: neglect at home, abuse from trusted adults and bullying at school or work.

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Increase in intelligence scores may not alter autism traits

by  /  4 February 2020

People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain stable over this time.

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January 2020
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Repetitive behaviors and ‘stimming’ in autism, explained

by  /  31 January 2020

Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors constitute one of two criteria that define autism in the diagnostic manual for psychiatry.

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Siblings of autistic children may have distinct facial features

by  /  27 January 2020

Siblings of autistic children, like those with the condition, tend to have faces that are more masculine than average.

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In brain imaging studies of autism, location may alter results

by  /  27 January 2020

A new analysis hints at the source of the rampant inconsistency among brain imaging studies in autism: significant differences among study sites.

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