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In this section you can discover the findings from autism research. Get the latest updates and read research summaries from leading academics on current research. Find out how you can contribute and share your work.

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Autism and menstruation

Robyn Steward, autistic author and consultant, discusses the results of research into autistic people’s experiences of menstruation. Robyn looks at sensory difficulties, the lack of clear advice and...

Anorexia nervosa in autistic females

Dr William Mandy, Charli Babb and Janina Brede are members of the Study of Eating Disorders in Autistic Females (SEDAF) research team. Here they discuss why they are researching anorexia nervosa in...

Autism, gender and mental health: an interview with Dr Joshua Muggleton

Dr Joshua Muggleton is a clinical psychologist who works with children with learning disabilities, some of whom are on the autism spectrum. Joshua received a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in his...

Autistic female friendships

Felicity Sedgewick, a researcher at the BEACON Project King's College London, discusses her own and others research into the friendship and relationship experiences of autistic girls and women,...

Autism and ageing: loneliness and isolation

Clinical Psychologists Dr Aoife Hickey and Dr Jason Crabtree discuss research into the experiences of older autistic people, in particular the feelings of loneliness and isolation that many encounter...

Supporting GPs in working with autistic patients

Researchers at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) worked with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to explore GPs’ knowledge and awareness of autism, and their...

Transitioning from special school to mainstream college

Dr Jacqui Shepherd, Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex, summarises the findings of her doctoral thesis on the experiences of young autistic people transitioning from special school to...

Relationships and sexuality: Vol 2

Middletown Centre for Autism, partners of Network Autism, have produced accessible research summaries of topics of relevance to professionals working in the field of autism, in particular...

Exploring the DISCO model of diagnosis

This article, compiled by the Lorna Wing Centre Team, aims to provide more understanding about the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) and its use in the diagnosis of...

Autism journal video abstracts

The journal Autism published by Sage, invites authors to produce video abstracts – three-minute videos in which autism researchers discuss their latest work. The video abstracts are aimed at anyone...

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