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May 2016
Julia Yellow
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Testing school-based autism treatments takes teamwork

by  /  12 May 2016

Partnering with families and teachers is the only way to make autism interventions work in the community.

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Service with a smile: At the Citrus Diner in Virginia Beach, the staff turns down the music when Kevin Pelphrey and his daughter, Frances, arrive for breakfast.
Annie Pelphrey
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How dining out with my daughter inspired my autism studies

by  /  12 May 2016

Restaurants can be stressful for my daughter Frances, who has autism, but her difficulties led me to try to better understand and treat her type of situational anxiety.

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Nancy Kedersha / UCLA / SCIENCE SOURCE
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Targeting brain’s star-shaped cells may yield autism drugs

by ,  /  3 May 2016

Astrocytes modulate most — if not all — aspects of neuronal development. We need new techniques to study these star-shaped brain cells and their potential role in autism and other conditions.

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April 2016
Philip Giordano
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Correcting the record: Leo Kanner and the broad autism phenotype

by ,  /  26 April 2016

The specter of the ‘refrigerator mother’ theory continues to haunt the history of autism. New information puts Kanner’s observations of parents into context.

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March 2016
Oksana Grivina
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When tracking brain activity, timing can be key

by  /  15 March 2016

A brain imaging technique called magnetoencephalography characterizes not just what is happening in the brain, but also where and when, making it ideally suited for studying autism.

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©shutterstock.com/Chepko Danil Vitalevich
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When a flair for reading is mistaken for autism

by  /  8 March 2016

Some children who read early or speak late are misdiagnosed with autism.

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February 2016
OKSANA GRIVINA
Opinion / Viewpoint

Big brains may hold clues to origins of autism

by  /  23 February 2016

The brain enlargement seen in many children with autism may reveal hints about the condition’s causes.

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Nicolas Ogonosky
Opinion / Viewpoint

Devising spectrum of tests for different types of autism

by  /  16 February 2016

Finding biomarkers for different forms of autism may lead to more effective treatments for each.

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January 2016
Julia Yellow
Opinion / Viewpoint

Before talking about autism, listen to families

by  /  26 January 2016

Scientists should phrase their findings to be sensitive to the dignity and needs of people with autism.

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Yevgenia Nayberg
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To screen or not to screen: That is not the question

by  /  5 January 2016

Instead of debating about whether to screen all children for autism, we should be looking for better ways to identify children at risk and help them access services.

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