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US study devises new screening method for autism in infants

28th April 2011

Research funded by the US' National Institutes of Health has created a quick screening test that could prove useful in detecting signs of autism among one-year-old infants.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics, has created a brief questionnaire that can be filled out by caregivers in five minutes, featuring queries on children's use of age-appropriate communication methods.

By assessing the findings on the subject's use of eye gaze, sounds, words and gestures, it was shown that signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could be accurately diagnosed in 75 percent of cases.

This allowed children to be referred for behavioural treatment at around age 17 months, compared to the current average diagnosis age of 68.4 months.

Dr Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said: "Beyond this exciting proof of concept, such a screening program would answer parents' concerns about their child's possible ASD symptoms earlier and with more confidence than has ever been done before."

Earlier this month, University of Montreal scientists published a study involving brain mapping that shed new light on why autism patients often demonstrate exceptional performance in visual tasks.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800515247-ADNFCR

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