The Autism News | English By Julie Robotham | Medical Editor | The Sydney Morning Herald TODDLERS who later go on to be diagnosed with autism use fewer gestures, such as pointing, Victorian researchers have discovered, in findings that may ultimately become part of an autism screening test. Early identification and treatment of the disorder is thought to be a key to reducing its severity, but the wide spectrum of normal childhood development means it has been considered impossible to distinguish babies with autism from others without the condition. The Melbourne study of 1911 babies tracked them through infancy with comprehensive measures of their skills and behaviour at key ages.
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Early pointers to autism identified