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

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

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

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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
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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
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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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January 2017
Illustration by John Hersey
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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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