Autism has gone from a rare disorder to one that affects one in 68 children in a few decades.
Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
In the age of the human genome, it's tempting to think genetic research could solve every disease and disorder.
Technologies that predict the possibility of a neurological disorder have the weight of affecting conceptions of not just “what” these children have but “who” these children will become.
People with autism spectrum disorder don't get the same benefits from socialising with other people. So why force them to with methods that aren't true to life anyway?
Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
New partnerships between schools and colleges have helped more children with autism continue in further education.
Autism is usually diagnosed between the ages of two and five. But studies show therapies delivered earlier in childhood could help children at risk of developing autism.
The decision about whether to say a 'person with autism' or an 'autistic person' is never clear cut.
Jim Carrey's anti-vaccination tweets employ a number of techniques used by anti-science cranks. By understanding them, we can shield ourselves from well-intentioned but ill-informed voices.
In our study, it was the comparison groups of children who showed a visual learning style, not the children with autism.
The epigenetic 'musicians' that play our genomes in different ways might help us understand the causes of autism.
Neurodiversity describes those who think, see and process information differently. And they can be an asset in the right workplaces.
A survey of more than 1,000 parents has discovered huge variation in the time it takes to diagnose, and get help, for children.
Misinformation means applied behaviour analysis is not getting the attention it deserves from medical and political authorities.
Microsoft has joined those firms making efforts to hire autistic people – hardly surprising, with the benefits that could bring.
A review has been announced into school policies in Canberra after it was reported that a school was restraining a child with Autism in a cage-like structure.
From serving newborns to treating hospice patients, music can be used in medical and psychological treatment with surprising – and real – results.
Scientists may have consigned fad therapies to the dustbin of pseudoscientific history, but that doesn't mean the knowledge has filtered to the mainstream.
A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is based solely on behaviour and is usually diagnosed by age four.