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Tag: adults with autism

December 2020
Micrograph of nerve cells being targeted by CRISPR enzyme to activate the silenced gene in Angelman syndrome

Hot topics in autism research, 2020

23 December 2020

The Spectrum team highlights five topics that distinguished autism research in 2020: diversity in data, gene therapies, subtyping, social circuitry and the ‘autism gene’ debate.

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Depressed teenager sitting on floor in darkened hallway.

Co-occurring psychiatric conditions put autistic people at risk for self-harm

by  /  11 December 2020

Autistic people are at an increased risk for intentional self-harm and death by suicide, but co-occurring psychiatric conditions may drive those behaviors.

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November 2020
Researcher-provided images show experiment that tracks gaze.

Autistic people do not shift attention based on social cues

by  /  16 November 2020

A new eye-tracking study highlights how social cues shape attention differently in people with and without autism.

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Photograph shows young woman and older woman discussing paperwork.

‘Theory of mind’ does not fade with age among autistic adults

by  /  13 November 2020

Autistic people’s ability to understand another person’s thinking does not diminish with age, as it does for non-autistic people.

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illustration shows isolated figure alone in the prison yard, watching other inmates exercise and socialize.

Autism behind bars

by  /  11 November 2020

Prisons are often ill-equipped to handle autistic inmates, who are at risk for mental health problems and abuse.

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hands with a red and blue string puzzle.

Book Review: ‘The Pattern Seekers’ links human invention — past, present and future — to autism traits

by  /  10 November 2020

Simon Baron-Cohen’s new book is essentially a 272-page argument for his hypothesis that all human innovation stems from the ability to discern and manipulate causal patterns.

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Smiling teenage boy showing mobile phone to friends on sofa while studying at home

Some autistic people report poor quality of life, but many do not

by  /  6 November 2020

Autistic people vary widely in how they describe their quality of life. Anxiety and depression may account for that range more than traits of autism do.

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October 2020
four images show pattern of eye movement

Social attention shifts differently over time for autistic adults

by  /  23 October 2020

Neurotypical adults change how they view social scenes over time in a way that autistic adults do not, reflecting different underlying mechanisms of social attention.

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Ilustration shows a young women with pillows, pies and records flying around her.

Book Review: An autistic writer recounts the fun and futility of trying to fit in

by  /  13 October 2020

In “I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder,” Sarah Kurchak weaves together jagged honesty, funny anecdotes and occasionally painful doses of self-awareness.

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September 2020
Teenager sitting at table with doctor taking notes.

Transition to adult healthcare is often challenging for autistic children

by  /  25 September 2020

Less than 9 percent of autistic adolescents in the United States receive the recommended guidance on the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare.

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