For those with poor verbal and motor control, traditional intelligence exams can be a faulty way to measure real cognitive ability.
As the fetal brain develops in the womb, factors ranging from air quality to birth timing could have lasting effects.
The same communication difficulties that isolate some people on the spectrum may also obscure concerning behaviors.
Machine learning might speed up screening, but it also risks missing nuances a human clinician could catch.
Law enforcement’s encounters with people on the spectrum often go wrong. Some police departments are trying to change that.
The transition out of high school can be especially difficult at schools that lack extra social resources.
The root of the problem could be social or linguistic.
Researchers are starting to question the wisdom of trying to study social deficits in mice.
Obesity in people with autism appears to be different than in the general population. But why?
There’s a new push to streamline the brain-donation process, but can families be convinced?
A generation of parents are revealing some advantages of the condition, even when their children don’t share the diagnosis.
Clinical trials with mice have mostly failed, but the bigger, smarter rodents have more to reveal about human brains and behavior.
It’s believed that people on the spectrum don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs. New evidence suggests they do.
Can a new clinical approach end a pattern of failure and frustration?
Lacking easy access to specialized care, some families are turning to video-conferencing for treatment.
A surprising genetic connection has autism researchers wondering if they can borrow from cancer’s medicine cabinet.
People on the spectrum—and their families—can be more easily swayed in their responses to treatments than previously thought.
Women who have raised a child with autism may have the ability to spot subtle signs of the condition in their grandchildren.
Electroconvulsive therapy is far more beneficial—and banal—than its torturous reputation suggests.
Two decades ago, a group of well-connected, politically savvy families launched a world-leading research center—and fueled a debate over whether autism can and should be cured.