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

Opinion / Viewpoint
Illustration by John Hersey

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

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.
Blurred boundaries:  Shared patterns of brain connectivity between different conditions may be more informative than diagnostic categories.Kul Bhatia / Science Source

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.
November 2016
video game screen view
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.

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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Boy looking in mirror sees girl reflected back

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.

female child crying
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.

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

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.

September 2016
Illustration by Jun Cen
Opinion / Viewpoint

Women with autism hide complex struggles behind masks

by ,  /  20 September 2016

A new study shows that women with autism are continually misunderstood, work to camouflage their true selves and face a high risk of sexual abuse.

Routine screen: New tests that analyze DNA from blood and saliva may one day help doctors screen for fragile X syndrome and related disorders.  BlindTurtle / iStock
News / Toolbox

Quick, cheap tests decode fragile X mutation

by  /  14 September 2016

An inexpensive new set of tests allows researchers to rapidly analyze the genetic glitch underlying fragile X syndrome.

Illustration by Nick Ogonsky
Opinion / Columnists / Spectrum of Care

Autism therapies blur boundary between clinic, everyday life

by  /  13 September 2016

Modern treatments for autism are often led by parents and integrated into a child’s daily life.


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