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Spotted around the web: Week of 4 November 2019

by  /  8 November 2019

November 4th

Research roundup

  • Autistic children have different gaze patterns than typical children when watching movie depictions of social interactions. Autism Research
  • Contrary to expectations, people with and without autism have a similar propensity to anthropomorphize inanimate objects, according to a small study. Autism in Adulthood
  • Tracking gaze in autistic toddlers may enable clinicians to predict severity in the children’s school-age years. Autism
  • Researchers have identified the most useful diagnostic screen for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy may help both autistic children and their parents sleep better. Autism Research
  • Parents of children with autism report more signs of posttraumatic stress disorder than parents of typical children. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Being raised bilingual does not hurt autistic children’s ability to communicate. Journal of the Amercian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Science and society

  • New York City public schools have an inconsistent record when it comes to evaluating learning disabilities in students. The City
  • Hiring practices that seek to include neurodiverse job candidates often overlook women. Fast Company
  • An autism journal editor advocates for striking a balance between using person-first and identity-first language. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • People with autism may have more symmetry between their brain hemispheres than typical people do, but the evidence is messy. Science Alert
  • Companies seeking to hire neurodiverse employees must adjust their hiring and career development practices.
  • Autistic people in the United Kingdom often are detained in mental health institutions inappropriately. ABC News
  • A new mandatory training program for National Health Service employees in the U.K. will be named after Oliver McGowan, a young adult with autism who died while receiving care in a Bristol hospital. Medscape
  • Worries about using the wrong language may lead employers to avoid neurodiverse hires. Forbes
  • A self-described autist muses on the pros and cons of her traits in an essay. The Guardian

Autism and the arts

  • The paintings of a 12-year-old artist with autism in Gurugram, India, have won awards and attracted buyers from around the world. The New Indian Express
  • An animated short film, “Mind My Mind,” explores the inner thoughts of an autistic person contemplating romance. Deadline

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