Autism Research: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future

@article{Rutter2005AutismRL,
  title={Autism Research: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future},
  author={Michael L. Rutter},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={2005},
  volume={35},
  pages={241-257}
}
The paper uses both the author’s experience of research training, and the empirical studies of autism in which he participated over the last 40-plus years, to derive research lessons and to consider the needs and prospects for future research. Attention is drawn to: the importance of mentors; the need to use technologies in a hypothesis-testing fashion; the important of possible creative/innovative leaps and of recognition of the unexpected; the need to ask challenging questions and to… CONTINUE READING
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