Head Size Debunked As Autism Predictor

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatryfinally put to rest the notion that infants with large heads are at greater risk for developing autism.

This large scale study compared data on 442 children considered at high risk for developing autism because they had older siblings with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnoses with 253 children with no known family history of autism. The children’s growth, particularly head growth, was tracked between the ages of six months and three years.

At the age of three, the 442 children with a family history of autism were evaluated for diagnosis. 77 of these children were diagnosed with autism and 32 with developmental delay. There were no differences, however, in the rate of head growth or height between the children who were diagnosed with autism and those who were not.

The study concluded that, “There are no significant differences in the overall model comparing head growth between (high-risk) infants (regardless of outcome) and (low-risk) controls in the first three years of life,” and that ultimately, “head growth was largely uninformative as an ASD risk marker.” The researchers point out though, that the possible role of accelerated brain growth was not considered in this study.

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  • By עבודה לישראלים בניו יורק on February 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    עבודה לישראלים בניו יורק

    … עבודה בעגלות – הסיבה לכך היא מציעה אפשרויות רבות וסוגי עבודה שונים לצעירים הישראלים הנמצאים בשלב של חיפוש מבעוד מועד. קודם כל, עליכם להשאיר רושם חיובי וטוב בחברה שיגרום לה להאמין שאתם כוח אדם … Head Size Debunked As Autism Predictor – ICare4Autis…

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