A review of: S. Ozonoff, S. Macari, G. S. Young, S. Goldring, M. Thompson, S. J. Rogers (2008). Atypical object exploration at 12 months of age is associated with autism in a prospective sample Autism, 12 (5), 457-472 DOI: 10.1177/1362361308096402
A number of research programs are currently examining very early signs of autism. Researchers believe that if they are able to identify behaviors or symptoms that reliably predict the development of autism, these kids could receive early intervention and we may be able to better understand how autism emerges during key developmental periods. I have reviewed some of these studies (see for example this review of a study of infancy motor asymmetry and autism). The current study comes to us from the MIND institute at the University of California at Davis. The researchers wanted to examine atypical use of objects during infancy (12 month of age) and explore whether object use during this time predicted the development of autism 1 to 2 years later.