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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Many of these questions have been raised in the scientific and popular literature, and are summarized here for ease of reference.

The main points of this FAQ can be summarized as:

  • Many common ideas about autism have been researched and either confirmed or refuted.
  • Wikipedia:Neutral point of view requires that minority views not be given undue emphasis.
  • Therefore it is against Wikipedia policy for views without scientific support, such as the belief that autism is caused by vaccination, to be presented as a controversy in a science article like autism.
  1. ^ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2008). "Outbreak of measles--San Diego, California, January-February 2008" (Full free text). MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report. 57 (8): 203–206. PMID 18305451. 
  2. ^ Parker, A. A.; Staggs, W.; Dayan, G. H.; Ortega-Sánchez, I. R.; Rota, P. A.; Lowe, L.; Boardman, P.; Teclaw, R.; Graves, C.; Lebaron, C. W. (2006). "Implications of a 2005 Measles Outbreak in Indiana for Sustained Elimination of Measles in the United States". New England Journal of Medicine. 355 (5): 447–455. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa060775. PMID 16885548. 
  3. ^ Glanz, J. M.; McClure, D. L.; Magid, D. J.; Daley, M. F.; France, E. K.; Salmon, D. A.; Hambidge, S. J. (2009). "Parental Refusal of Pertussis Vaccination is Associated with an Increased Risk of Pertussis Infection in Children". Pediatrics. 123 (6): 1446–1451. doi:10.1542/peds.2008-2150. PMID 19482753. 
  4. ^ Williams, K.; Wray, J. A.; Wheeler, D. M. (2012). Williams, Katrina, ed. "Intravenous secretin for autism spectrum disorders (ASD)". The Cochrane Library. 4: CD003495. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003495.pub3. PMID 22513913. 
  5. ^ Brown, M. J.; Willis, T.; Omalu, B.; Leiker, R. (2006). "Deaths Resulting from Hypocalcemia After Administration of Edetate Disodium: 2003-2005" (Full free text). Pediatrics. 118 (2): e534. doi:10.1542/peds.2006-0858. PMID 16882789. 
  6. ^ Chiang, H. -M.; Lin, Y. -H. (2007). "Mathematical ability of students with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism: A review of literature" (Full free text). Autism. 11 (6): 547–56. doi:10.1177/1362361307083259. PMID 17947290. 
Past discussions

For further information, see the numerous past discussions on these topics in the archives of Talk:Autism:

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paper about maternal fever

not useable per MEDRS Jytdog (talk) 20:28, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Is Maternal Influenza or Fever During Pregnancy Associated with Autism or Developmental Delays? Results from the CHARGE (CHildhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment) Study, J Autism Dev Disord., Ousseny Zerbo (corresponding author), Ana-Maria Iosif, Cheryl Walker, Sally Ozonoff, Robin L. Hansen, and Irva Hertz-Picciotto, 2013 Jan; 43(1): 25–33.

This study using 538 kids who on the spectrum, and a control group of 421 kids who are not, seems to indicate that untreated fever is one risk factor. FriendlyRiverOtter (talk) 20:17, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

@FriendlyRiverOtter: This is an interesting study, but 1 study does not meet WP:MEDRS. Tornado chaser (talk) 20:22, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

I very much agree, especially what looks like a retrospective study. Okay, we can do the next steps of, seeing if later articles refer back to it, and scouting for review articles on the likely cause(s) of autism.FriendlyRiverOtter (talk) 19:54, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

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Osmosis video

I have removed the video File:Autism spectrum disorder video.webm. The video is not sourced per WP:MEDRS or WP:V.

Per WP:V "any material whose verifiability has been challenged or is likely to be challenged, must include an inline citation that directly supports the material." This video does not contain any sources, nor any means to tie sources to specific facts and claims made. Per WP:V, "The burden to demonstrate verifiability lies with the editor who adds or restores material" and "Any material lacking a reliable source directly supporting it may be removed and should not be restored without an inline citation to a reliable source"

This video is not exempt from citations or sources per WP:LEAD because it is not a lead, and it does not summarise the article. You can tell this from the first minute or so of the video -- totally different base material.

This material must not be restored as-is. Editors who repeatedly restore material that fails WP:V may be blocked. -- Colin°Talk 19:29, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Music therapy

Have paraphrased to

"There is tentative evidence that music therapy may improve social interactions, verbal communication, and non-verbal communication skills.[1]"


Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:05, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Agree, this seems fine. --BallenaBlanca 🐳 ♂ (Talk) 00:09, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

First sentence in the diagnosis section

I think that "Diagnosis is based on behavior, not on cause or mechanism" should read "Diagnosis is based on behavior, not on testing for biomarkers." Cause and mechanism are both abstract and, while they may be understandable, they are not directly measurable. 'Biomarkers' is the term used by clinicians, at least in the research hospital where I work, to refer to measurable values that indicate the presence or absence of some condition. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Willhaslett (talkcontribs) 20:06, 16 July 2018 (UTC)


"ASD is an abbreviation for autism, replicating the scale in which we use to measure one's autism severity. [2]"

This is not true plus the source is not sufficient. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:39, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

  1. ^ Geretsegger M, Elefant C, Mössler KA, Gold C (June 2014). "Music therapy for people with autism spectrum disorder". The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (6): CD004381. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004381.pub3. PMID 24936966. 
  2. ^ Bailey, Anthony J. (2011-12-09). "Autism in adults". Autism Research. 5 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1002/aur.233. ISSN 1939-3792.