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

Gathering girls: Researchers find more girls with autism when they actively look for them.Westend61 / Getty Images

Estimate of autism’s sex ratio reaches new low

by  /  27 April 2017
A massive new analysis drops the ratio of boys to girls who qualify for an autism diagnosis to about 3-to-1.
Opinion / Viewpoint
Troublesome tics: Children who are deprived of sensory stimulation often resort to self-stimulation in the form of repetitive behaviors.Photographs courtesy of Michael Carrol

Romanian orphans reveal clues to origins of autism

by  /  25 April 2017
Understanding autism features in children who were deprived of social contact as infants could offer clues to the condition.
Telltale teeth: Tony, who has an ADNP mutation, had 16 teeth when he was 13 months old. Courtesty of Sandra Sermone

Precocious baby teeth signal rare form of autism

by  /  20 April 2017
Most children with a rare autism-linked mutation develop baby teeth one to two years earlier than usual.
April 2017
Culture clash: Parents of children with autism in Japan are more likely than those in four other countries to say their children have intellectual difficulties.Masaru123 / iStock

Parent reports of autism features vary by country

by  /  13 April 2017

Parents in the United States tend to rate their children’s autism features as more severe than do parents in four other countries.

Social subtleties: Some doctors say that girls with autism are socially savvier than boys, but the science is inconsistent. Hero Images / Getty Images

Sex differences among people with autism may be minimal

by  /  12 April 2017

Autism looks similar in girls and boys, suggest results from a large study.

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Illustration by Bee Johnson
Opinion / Viewpoint

Early brain enlargement augurs distinct form of autism

by  /  11 April 2017

A minority of boys with autism have brains that are unusually large relative to their bodies — a trait tied to regression and intellectual disability.

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Digital difference: Adapting screening measures for tablets may boost efforts to flag autism in the doctor’s office.Hero Images / Getty Images

Screening status quo misses most children with autism

by  /  3 April 2017

Most children with autism go undiagnosed until after age 3, and many of these children remain undiagnosed until after they reach school age.

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March 2017
Shared shyness: Social difficulties in children with autism can resemble social withdrawal, a feature of schizophrenia. Jonas Hafner / Getty Images

DNA deletion sparks separate outcomes of autism, schizophrenia

by  /  16 March 2017

In children with a deletion on chromosome 22, having autism does not boost the risk of developing schizophrenia later in life.

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February 2017
Seeing eye to eye: A camera embedded in a pair of eyeglasses could allow researchers to track a child’s gaze outside of a lab or clinic.
News / Toolbox

Wearable camera captures eye contact in children with autism

by  /  24 February 2017

A camera embedded in a pair of eyeglasses can reliably gauge a child’s tendency to look another person in the eye.

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Features / Webinars

Webinar: Deborah Fein discusses an ‘optimal outcome’ in autism

26 April 2017

Watch the complete replay of Deborah Fein’s webinar discussing a form of ‘optimal outcome’ in autism.

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.

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.

January 2017
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.


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