The different subtypes of autism became a hot topic of discussion in 2017. What did autism researchers learn? Read the Autism Science Foundation's year in review.
Girls and autism
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.
Many parents of children with autism wonder what the risk of autism will be in later generations. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis turned to grandmothers in IAN to try to find out.
Among their many contributions to autism research, the families in the Simons Simplex project have given us insight into the lives of girls on the spectrum.
Learn about autism in girls and women in this video from Dr. Kevin Pelphrey.
Is autism different in girls? Researchers are trying to get a better picture of "female autism," but a new study shows just why it's so hard to define sex differences in autism.
Science saw big advances in 2015 like new numbers on how many people have autism and how early they are diagnosed, as well major legislative changes which provide money for autism research. There were also scientific advances that moved the needle towards improvements to understanding autism and helping those who are affected.
Autism may not be as rare in girls as once believed. Some girls appear to have less severe symptoms than boys, and to be better able to mask social challenges at school. According to research by IAN and others, girls with milder forms of autism are diagnosed later than boys, possibly delaying intervention. Some may not be diagnosed at all.
Dr. Wendy Chung, director of clinical research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, presented What We Know About Autism at a TED2014 conference. Listen to what she had to say.