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Summary of Advances

In Autism Research


Articles Selected for the 2021 Summary of Advances

Screening and Diagnosis

  • Race/ethnic inequities in conjoint monitoring and screening for U.S. children 3 and under: Disparities in Monitoring and Screening.
  • Effect of Family Navigation on Diagnostic Ascertainment Among Children at Risk for Autism: A Randomized Clinical Trial From DBPNet.
  • Sex differences in scores on standardized measures of autism symptoms: a multisite integrative data analysis.


  • Early social communication development in infants with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Infant vocalizing and phenotypic outcomes in autism: Evidence from the first 2 years.
  • Children with ASD and Communication Regression: Examining Pre-Loss Skills and Later Language Outcomes Through the Preschool Years.

Genetic and Environmental Factors

  • Impact of autism genetic risk on brain connectivity: a mechanism for the female protective effect.
  • Developmental vitamin D and autism spectrum disorders: findings from the Stockholm Youth Cohort.


  • Medication Use in Youth With Autism and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Intranasal Oxytocin in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Effect of Preemptive Intervention on Developmental Outcomes Among Infants Showing Early Signs of Autism: A Randomized Clinical Trial of Outcomes to Diagnosis.

Services and Supports

  • Analysis of the SPARK study COVID-19 parent survey: Early impact of the pandemic on access to services, child/parent mental health, and benefits of online services.
  • Who gains and who loses? Sociodemographic disparities in access to special education services among autistic students.
  • Healthcare Costs of Pediatric Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United States, 2003-2015.


  • Self-reported parkinsonism features in older autistic adults: A descriptive study.
  • Service Use and Unmet Needs Among Adults with Autism Awaiting Home- and Community-Based Medicaid Services.
  • The prevalence and incidence of early-onset dementia among adults with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Identifying School-Based Factors that Predict Employment Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Infrastructure and Prevalence

  • Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years -Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2018.
  • Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 4 Years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2018.

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