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June 2015
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‘Teachable moments’ are key ingredients in autism therapy

by ,  /  30 June 2015

The job of delivering interventions for autism often falls to overstretched teachers in schools with few resources. Melanie Pellecchia and David Mandell set out to find the ‘active ingredients’ of school-based interventions.

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May 2015
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Children who ‘recover’ from autism still struggle

by  /  12 May 2015

Some children with autism lose their diagnosis over time, but still struggle with language, learning and anxiety, says Lisa Shulman.

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March 2015
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Powerful memory system may compensate for autism’s deficits

by ,  /  17 March 2015

A brain system called declarative memory may help people learn scripts and strategies that alleviate autism symptoms, say Michael Ullman and Mariel Pullman.

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February 2015
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Autism as a disorder of prediction in a ‘magical’ world

by , ,  /  3 February 2015

A struggle to predict what might happen next could account for the multiple, seemingly disparate, symptoms of autism, say Pawan Sinha, Margaret Kjelgaard and Annie Cardinaux.

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December 2014
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Gauging intelligence in autism over time

by  /  12 December 2014

Adapting traditional tests of intelligence for people with intellectual disability can deflate their scores over time. Somer Bishop calls for tests that more accurately assess intelligence in this group.

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Future of autism genetics should learn from its past

by  /  9 December 2014

To optimize the search for autism genes, researchers should collect large numbers of sequences — but the sequences need to be of the right kind, says Michael Ronemus.

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Understanding aggression in autism

by ,  /  5 December 2014

Two new studies explore the link between autism and aggression — a controversial connection that weighs heavily on individuals with the disorder and their families.

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October 2014
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Communication lapses hinder autism research

by  /  24 October 2014

The term ‘deficit model’ traditionally means treating people with autism by focusing on their limitations rather than their strengths. Chris Gunter introduces the deficit model in a different context: science communication.

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Tracking neurons’ long projections to unravel autism

by ,  /  21 October 2014

Many brain imaging studies of autism focus on neurons’ connections or activity, but examining neuronal tracts across the brain is equally informative, say Julia Owen and Pratik Mukherjee. 

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September 2014
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Optimizing behavioral assays for mouse models of autism

by  /  23 September 2014

As the number of autism rodent models climbs, it is a good time for the field to step back and consider the best practices for assessing autism-like symptoms in rodents, says Jacqueline Crawley.

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