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Spectrum: Autism Research News



Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.

July 2018
EEG readouts, genetic data and other colorful streams of information go into a yellow box, and come out in a regular pattern on the other side.

Can a computer diagnose autism?

by  /  11 July 2018

Machine-learning holds the promise to help clinicians spot autism sooner, but technical and ethical obstacles remain.

June 2018

Doubts, confusion surround Cognoa’s app for autism diagnosis

by  /  27 June 2018

The California-based company’s phone application for autism diagnosis is not as far along as initial reports suggested.

Dennis Wall sits on lab floor with his skateboard and a whiteboard.

How Dennis Wall became the ‘bad boy’ of autism research

by  /  27 June 2018

From an app to diagnose autism to a crowdsourced project to map its prevalence, Dennis Wall is brimming with ambitious ideas. But his execution of these ideas leaves something to be desired, his critics say.

Big baby plays with two connected rings while two scientists with clipboards look on.

Traits of other conditions may spur autism

by ,  /  12 June 2018

Early features of other conditions may contribute to autism itself


Abridged autism assessment speeds access to therapy

by  /  5 June 2018

A new strategy for diagnosing autism shortens the evaluation process — and the wait for answers.


Autism brains show widespread alterations in structure

by  /  4 June 2018

The brains of people with autism show a variety of structural differences from those of controls.

May 2018
Toddler playing with legos

Autism screen misses children with noticeable delays

by  /  21 May 2018

A widely used test for autism misses some children with delays in motor, social and communication skills.

Child with braids holding hand at the doctor's office

Canadian pediatricians may miss many children with autism

by  /  11 May 2018

Pediatricians disagree with specialists 25 percent of the time on whether a child should receive an autism diagnosis.


The DSM-5’s take on autism:
Five years on

by  /  9 May 2018

It’s been five years since the autism community agonized over the debut of a new iteration of a diagnostic manual that set out to rewrite the definition of autism.


How autism’s definition has changed over time

by ,  /  9 May 2018

Don’t judge this book by its decidedly dull cover: Across its pages, some of the most dramatic changes in the history of autism have played out. This short animation chronicles how a diagnostic manual has defined and redefined autism over the years.