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Nov 25, 2013

Earliest Sign of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Infants

“A new glimpse on Autism” - Warren Jones, PhD, director of research

This study investigates the association between eye contact and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the earliest of developmental stages.

New research on ASD suggests that the earliest signs of ASD can be seen in infants as early as 2 months of age. Researchers from the Marcus Autism Center with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia, and Emory University School of Medicine enrolled 110 infants enrolled into two groups; one group consisting of those with a family history of ASD and the other group being the first case. The study followed the participants from birth to age 3. Observations of infants subsequently diagnosed with ASD suggested that eye contact began to decline compared to a typical developmental progression between 2 months to 6 months of age.

Due to this compelling study there is new hope in identifying ASD in the first few months of life.

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published online November 6 in Nature