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One-year-olds to be screened for autism

28th April 2011

The National Autistic Society’s Centre for autism has welcomed research which could help autism be diagnosed earlier.

US experts say that asking parents a few simple questions about their baby during routine one-year well-baby checks can help spot early autism. Enquiring about a child’s use of eye contact, sounds, words and gestures can flag up early on if more detailed screening is needed. The findings, from the team at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, cover over 10,000 infants and are published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

 

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