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October 2020
Illustration shows young woman surrounded by the confusion of puberty and body changes.

Puberty may arrive early for some autistic girls

by  /  27 October 2020

Girls with autism tend to start puberty earlier than their peers do, which may intensify their social difficulties and put them at an increased risk for bullying and mental health conditions such as depression.

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William Mandy at train station

Beyond the bench: A conversation with William Mandy

by  /  20 October 2020

William Mandy talks about the golden hours for writing and why — when there isn’t a pandemic — he likes attending conferences in new parts of the world.

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Mother and child having a conversation in nature.

Traits in mothers may signal gene variants for autism

by  /  16 October 2020

Autistic children’s traits track with subtle, autism-like behaviors in their mothers; women with these traits may also carry a genetic predisposition to the condition.

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four brain areas marked with flags: Cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, cerebellum

Brain structure changes in autism, explained

by  /  15 October 2020

Autistic people have distinct patterns of brain development, which sometimes result in differences in brain structure. Here’s what we know about those differences.

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September 2020
Illustration of hand pressing one orange button on a keyboard with keys of various colors.

Gender and sexuality in autism, explained

by  /  18 September 2020

Gender and sexuality appear to be more varied among autistic people than among neurotypical people. What do scientists know about the connection?

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Brain images showing differences in signaling in autistic and normal brains.

Brain signal imbalance tracks with sex and with camouflaging autism traits

by  /  17 September 2020

Autistic men show a greater imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain than autistic women do, which could explain sex differences in ‘camouflaging.’

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Close-up of two hands holding and wearing rainbow-striped bracelets.

Largest study to date confirms overlap between autism and gender diversity

by  /  14 September 2020

People who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth are three to six times as likely to be autistic as cisgender people are.

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August 2020
Photo-based illustration shows woman with a dress matching the wallpaper behind her, holding a mask.

Spotting the problems with ‘camouflaging’ in autism research

by  /  25 August 2020

Eric Fombonne spoke with Spectrum about the possibilities that autism is overdiagnosed in adults and that camouflaging traits is not unique to the condition.

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Review: ‘Love on the Spectrum’ is kind, but unrepresentative

by  /  18 August 2020

The Netflix series that follows 20-something autistic adults looking for love is well intentioned but fails to capture reality and is riddled with bad advice.

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A plate with a slice of yellow cake sits on a blue plate on a light blue table cloth, surrounded by spoons and forks. This image places an emphasis on food and ritualized behaviors.

Autism and eating disorders may have an emotional connection

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any kinds of mental illness. They don’t discriminate, affecting people of all ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities, ages and backgrounds.

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