New Survey Detects Autism by Age 1

Autism is a complex developmental brain disorder that is becoming more prevalent in the U.S. everyday.  This disorder does not have a cure and is affecting approximately 1 in 110 children.  As more and more children are being diagnosed, many parents would like to know much sooner what their child’s facing and how to deal with it as that child develops.

Now, researchers are claiming that a new survey that takes about five minutes can detect the disorder by the time the child is 1-year old.  Before this survey surfaced, the normal age the child would be diagnosed is between 18 months and 3-years old.  According to ABC News, the study by lead author Karen Pierce of the autism center at the University of California, San Diego, was published in Pediatrics and tested on nearly 15,000 1-year-olds.  The results were:

  •  184 failed the screen
  •  32 went on to receive a provisional or final diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders
  • 56 were later diagnosed with language delay
  • Nine were diagnosed with developmental delay, and 36 received “other” diagnoses
  • 51 infants who failed the screen were “false-positives” and developed normally

The research is welcomed by those who are struggling with the disorder and need answers sooner than later on treating their child.  Check out the full report here.

-J.C. Brooks

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