A Simple Checklist May Help Detect Autism

Instead of blood tests and other invasive measures and lengthy tests, early autism detection may all boil down to a...
Instead of blood tests and other invasive measures and lengthy tests, early autism detection may all boil down to a simple paper checklist. A new study shows that having parents simply fill out simple questionnaire at their baby’s one-year checkup allows for a promising early detection method for autism cases. Researchers at the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) kicked off a systematic screen program for all infants at their one-year check up that involved the simple questionnaire. The questionnaire focuses on seven areas: emotion and eye gaze, communication, gestures, sounds, words, understanding and object use and asks direct questions, for example, "Does your child try to get you to notice interesting objects?" Early treatment is optimal when a child is diagnosed with autism, so obviously any early diagnose tool is welcome for both parents and researchers. According to Karen Pierce, lead researcher on this study, “There is extensive evidence that early therapy can have a positive impact on the developing brain. The opportunity to diagnose and thus begin treatment for autism around a child’s first birthday has enormous potential to change outcomes for children affected with the disorder.For parents: This study was just published yesterday in the online edition of the Journal of Pediatrics - Detecting, Studying, and Treating Autism Early: The One-Year Well-Baby Check-Up Approach.

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