A World-First: Study by Flinders University detects signs of autism in first weeks
The Australian | By Verity Edwards
A world-first study on siblings of children with autism is showing that signs associated with the behavioral disorder appear in babies in their first weeks of life. The Flinders University research is the first of its kind to study the behavior of infants who have an increased risk of developing autism from as young as 10 days, and to revisit the children every second month until they are 18 months old. The ability to diagnose children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder within the first months could lead to significant improvements in a child’s quality of life, because it would enable parents to seek early intervention therapies for their children and to circumvent the formation of specific behavioral patterns.
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