New App Allows Parents to Analyze Their Child’s Behavior

A new app allows parents to analyze their child’s behavior patterns.

A new app has recently been developed to help parents track and record their child’s behavior at regular intervals. This app will allow them to analyze behavior patterns and see if there is any cause for concern, and if they should contact their pediatrician.

Dr. Michael Lewis, founding director of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Autism Center at Rutgers, and Nish Parikh, CEO of WebTeam Corporation, global leader in the field of autism management technology, recently announced the launch of EARLYThree, an iPhone and iPad app that is now available for download. EARLYThree is based on over 50 years of extensive research on child development, including five longitudinal studies involving 12,000 children. These studies were conducted by Dr. Lewis himself, along with Dr. Tara Anne Matthews. Dr. Lewis and Dr. Matthews used their research findings, along with their clinical pediatric practice, to collaborate with WebTeam to develop a functional tool to help parents analyze their child’s behavior. EARLYThree also serves as a tool to help pediatricians screen for autism at its earliest stages.

EARLYThree evaluates a child’s most critical stages of development, studying the child at the intervals of 8, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 36 months. The app consists of sets of questions that help pediatricians and parents examine communicative and behavioral development in their child, and after each screening session, users can immediately view results, represented by color. Green indicates that the child does not show signs of autism, yellow signifies that the child is on a stable course of development, but their behavior should be monitored, and red indicates that the child’s cognitive abilities are not developing at the correct rate, and parents should seek further medical evaluation.

Furthermore, the interface allows users to add video, text, and voice notes that can be shared amongst parents, pediatricians, and caregivers. Dr. Lewis states, “We [now] have a tool backed by years of clinical research and pediatric practice that has a proven degree of accuracy in the early detection of autism at our fingertips. This is a breakthrough for parents and pediatricians everywhere.”

Dr. Lewis adds,”early signs of autism often go undetected, simply because there are not enough physicians around the world to screen the growing number of children with autism. An ideal time to identify early signs of autism is when a child is six to eight months old, although symptoms may appear anytime during the first three years.” With autism diagnosis rates reaching an all-time high in the U.S., it is incredibly beneficial for parents to seek new opportunities to help care and treat their child. Over the past few years, mobile apps and other digital programs have proven to be incredibly beneficial in building various skills, as well as helping treat certain behaviors of children touched by autism.

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