What was it like to grow up with autism before anyone really knew what it was? Read the stories of middle-aged adults who grew up with Asperger's syndrome and autism – along with bullying and misunderstanding – in communities that didn't know what to make of their differences.
Diagnosis and autism
What was it like raising a child with autism, before most people – teachers and doctors included – really knew what it was? The first in a series about the lives of adults with autism born before 1985.
Brain researchers found some unusual differences between males and females with autism: mutations in genes related to immune system function. Read more from a report by Dr. Alycia Halladay.
IAN’s Survey Results Viewer allows you to view charts and graphs of the results of some of the surveys that families and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) completed as participants in IAN Research.
This year, autism research saw a much bigger focus on family members of those with autism, particularly siblings. The goal of these studies is to understand the genetic and biological nature of autism so that help can be provided not just to those with a diagnosis, but to family members.
When should a child with autism see a neurologist? Pediatric neurologist Deepa U. Menon answers that and other common questions about seizures, sleep, and tests.
Children are being diagnosed with autism at earlier ages than a generation ago, but still not as soon as they can be. Early diagnosis is important because it leads to early intervention, which lessens the challenges of autism. Find out how to seek a diagnosis and intervention for a child suspected of having autism.
How many people shed their autism diagnosis, either for another diagnosis or no diagnosis at all? What do the largest studies say, and why do parents believe their children lost an autism diagnosis? Their answers may surprise you.
Studies estimate that from 3 to 25 percent of children with autism lose their diagnosis. Some wonder: did those who recover really have autism at the outset? Were they truly free from autistic symptoms? What separates those who lose their diagnosis from those who don't? Explore this controversial topic.
Have you struggled to find a mental health provider with experience in autism? Some child psychiatrists say providers need more training in ASD.