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Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.

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Spotting signs: Parents and clinicians may be more likely to notice autism features in girls who act out. Annie Otzen / Getty Images

Temper tantrums up odds of autism diagnosis in girls

by  /  9 February 2017
Girls who show severe emotional or behavioral problems are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those who do not.
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Illustration by Lucy Reading-Ikkanda

New autism diagnoses shifting toward mild end of spectrum

by  /  2 February 2017
Although the number of people diagnosed with autism is on the rise, the proportion with severe features has dropped since 2000.
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Illustration by John Hersey

Algorithm automates efforts to estimate autism prevalence

by  /  30 January 2017
A new computer program accurately estimates the prevalence of autism from children’s medical and school records.
November 2016
Illustration by John Hersey
Opinion / Viewpoint

Autism diagnosis must account for individual ability to function

by  /  29 November 2016

A new guide offers the most detailed assessment yet of ability in people with autism, and may be a useful tool for diagnosis and research.

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Dynamic duo: Autism may interrupt the back-and-forth that builds emotional connections between a mother and her child.Monashee Alonso / Getty Images
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New test scores emotional weight of parent-child connections

by  /  17 November 2016

Videos of mothers and their infants interacting with each other may contain clues to autism risk.

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Blurred boundaries:  Shared patterns of brain connectivity between different conditions may be more informative than diagnostic categories.Kul Bhatia / Science Source
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Brain scans connect autism with schizophrenia, depression

by  /  13 November 2016

A new tool spots shared patterns of brain connectivity among people who have autism, schizophrenia or major depressive disorder.

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Illustration by JooHee Yoon
Features / Deep Dive

What grandmothers can teach scientists about autism’s inheritance

by  /  9 November 2016

Women who have raised a child with autism may be well-positioned to spot subtle signs of the condition in their grandchildren. A new study puts their powers to good use.

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News / Toolbox

Fish game catches cognitive problems in children

by  /  9 November 2016

A video game that involves reacting to colored fish can help researchers spot subtle attention problems in children with certain conditions.

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Boy looking in mirror sees girl reflected back
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New clinical guidelines address gender dysphoria in autism

by  /  7 November 2016

New recommendations urge clinicians to screen teenagers for autism when they seek treatment at gender clinics, and evaluate those with autism for gender concerns.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Bishop, Havdahl: Tantrums trick autism tests

by  /  1 November 2016

Children with low intelligence or behavioral issues — but not autism — may meet the criteria for autism on standard diagnostic tests.

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October 2016
boy reading book under covers with flashlight
News / Toolbox

Tests unmask key traits in people with intellectual disability

by  /  21 October 2016

A set of seven standard tests can accurately assess cognitive capacities in people with various types of intellectual disability.

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Hyperactivity hint:  Children who outgrow their autism diagnosis may still have difficulty maintaining focus.Alistair Berg / Getty Images
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Some children may truly outgrow autism

by  /  19 October 2016

Children who officially lose their autism diagnosis show no residual signs of the condition.

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Illustration by Julia Yellow
Opinion / Viewpoint

Same DNA deletion paves paths to autism, schizophrenia

by  /  18 October 2016

Deletion of a section of chromosome 22 can cause psychosis in one individual and autism in another, via independent biological pathways.

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