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Signs & Symptoms

Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.

July 2020
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Webinar: Michelle Failla and David Moore on pain in autism

29 July 2020

On 29 July, Michelle Failla and David Moore gave a webinar on pain in autism, which focused on sensations, emotions and behaviors.

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Eye ‘jumps’ in autistic people may be especially fleeting

by  /  9 July 2020

Autistic people tend to have trouble shifting their gaze to take in all the details of a scene.

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June 2020
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Autism traits in children more variable than previously thought

by  /  26 June 2020

Nearly half of autistic children may show substantial changes in the severity of their autism traits from ages 3 to 6, according to a new study.

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Calling on primary care providers to help autistic children with weight issues

by ,  /  23 June 2020

Pediatric primary care practitioners have a critical responsibility to provide guidance for autistic children struggling with weight gain, and to advocate for them at home and at school.

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Altered learning may drive social inattention in autistic children

by  /  18 June 2020

Children with autism have trouble learning that faces convey information, which may explain their tendency to miss social cues.

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People with autism may smell songs or hear colors

by ,  /  16 June 2020

One in five autistic people may have synesthesia, a crossing of the senses. Studying synesthesia in autism may deepen our understanding of both conditions.

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Autism and seizures may share roots in development

by  /  8 June 2020

Early behavioral signs predict seizures in autistic children, according to a new study.

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Autism tests gauge traits equally well in girls and boys

by  /  5 June 2020

Three widely used tests for assessing autism can accurately measure trait severity in girls and boys.

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Autism traits in childhood linked to eating disorders in adolescence

by  /  4 June 2020

Children with social difficulties are more likely than those without to develop problems with eating by age 14.

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Why it is critical to assess quality of life in people with autism

by ,  /  2 June 2020

Researchers and clinicians need fast, effective tools to measure quality of life in autistic people.

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