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Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

by  /  30 November 2016

People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.

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.

How ‘shock therapy’ is saving some children with autism

by  /  26 October 2016

Given its reputation, the most shocking thing about electroconvulsive therapy might be how beneficial — and banal — it actually is.

The builders
How parents shaped autism research

by  /  5 October 2016

A group of savvy parents jump-started autism research in California, but they also set the research agenda.

The innovators
How families launch their own autism studies

by  /  28 September 2016

Some parents are starting ‘N-of-1’ studies for autism, but their efforts don’t always get taken seriously.

The seekers
Why parents try fringe therapies for autism

by  /  21 September 2016

Many parents resort to unproven — even dangerous — alternative treatments for their children’s autism. What drives them?

The pioneers
How parents are experimenting with marijuana for autism

by  /  14 September 2016

Meet the backyard marijuana growers and home chemists who are rushing in where scientists fear to tread.

The controversy over autism’s most common therapy

by  /  10 August 2016

Applied behavioral analysis is the most widely used therapy for autism, but some people say its drills and routines are cruel, and its aims misguided.

Work in progress: An inside look at autism’s job boom

by  /  20 July 2016

Splashy corporate initiatives aim to hire people with autism, but finding and keeping work is still a struggle for those on the spectrum. Can virtual avatars and for-profit startups help?

The most terrifying childhood condition you’ve never heard of

by  /  6 July 2016

Childhood disintegrative disorder, a rare and severe condition, rapidly melts away a child’s abilities. A new theory proposes that this little-known condition turns back the developmental clock.