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Helen Tager-Flusberg:
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Linking autism science to society.

April 2018
Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

Why no one needs a diagnosis of ‘social communication disorder’

by  /  17 April 2018

A diagnosis of social communication disorder only keeps people from a community and resources they desperately want and need.

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April 2016
Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

Should scientists study mothers of children with autism?

by  /  12 April 2016

Studying parents of children with autism has long been controversial, but that doesn’t mean scientists should avoid it.

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September 2015
Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

‘Frozen’ offers glimpse of autism in girls

by  /  15 September 2015

Elsa, the star of the movie “Frozen,” is the poster child for girls with autism.

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Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

Time for some soul-searching in science

by  /  1 September 2015

Scientists should slow down and return to the basic tenets of research to regain the public’s trust.

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April 2015
Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

Better behavioral tests may save trials of autism treatments

by  /  21 April 2015

Trials to test drugs for autism suffer from subjective measurements and placebo effects. Helen Tager-Flusberg outlines how to ferret out the true effects of potential autism therapies.

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November 2014
Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

Why we must be patient when searching for an autism biomarker

by  /  7 November 2014

Many studies have found differences in the brains of young infants later diagnosed with autism. But to call this a biomarker requires independent validation, time and patience, says Helen Tager-Flusberg.

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