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The year's most-popular answers, advice and perspective on the issues that matter to you First, a heartfelt thanks to our readership for your outpouring of questions this year. While we received too many to answer each one in our “Got Questions?” column, all your emails were More...
The National Institutes of Health is inviting input from self-advocates, family members, health professionals and scientists on research that can explore the effects of the new diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The new criteria came into effect last May, with the publication More...
  The federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has issued a statement urging concern about how practitioners are applying the DSM-5 criteria for autism introduced last May – “so as to not have the unintended consequence of reducing critical services.” The More...
A review of multiple studies concludes that new guidelines for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could reduce the number of individuals receiving the diagnosis by nearly a third. The review appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The new guidelines came into use More...
“Can you explain the new DSM-5 category of Social Communication Disorder? Who would receive this diagnosis, and what therapies would help?” This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is by child psychologist Lauren Elder, Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination More...
A new study finds that the estimated prevalence of autism under the new DSM-5 criteria would decrease only to the extent that some children would receive the new diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD). Funded in part by Autism Speaks, the study appears online in the Journal of the More...
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that fewer children would receive a diagnosis of autism under new criteria for the disorder. The new criteria came into use with the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental More...
President Obama has awarded Yale child psychiatrist and epidemiologist Young-Shin Kim the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on emerging American researchers. With funding from Autism Speaks, Dr. Kim is More...
    This week’s New England Journal of Medicine features a historical perspective on autism, marking the 70th anniversary of psychiatrist Leo Kanner’s 1943 description of the disorder. “This year's revision of the diagnostic criteria for autism is among the most More...
New research documents differences as well as similarities in the brain activity of children with Asperger syndrome and those with other types of autism. The study appears this week in the open-access journal BMC Medicine. The findings may have implications on how best to help those with Asperger More...