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

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.
News / Toolbox
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.

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.
Features / Webinars

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

26 April 2017
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February 2017
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.

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

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.

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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