Research and understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have evolved in recent decades. In this piece, we explore research findings using one representative article from each decade from 1990 to 2020.
The rate of identifying people as being on the autism spectrum disorder spectrum has been increasing in recent years — and so has the language we use to describe it and the practices we use to work with it.
In 2016, one in 54 eight year-olds were estimated to be on the autism spectrum in the United States. That year, ASD was found to be 4.3 times more prevalent in boys than girls (Maenner, et. al, 2020).
According to the DSM-V (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder impacting human developm...
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