more information-Wow, I hadn't heard about that but it sounds very interesting.There was a segment on Today within the last couple of years that had a specialist and some interesting findings. A panel of Autism doctors and researchers viewed home videos of random children around 12 months (usually at their 1st birthday) and they were able to tell by almost complete accuaracy which children were later diagnosed with Autism and which ones were not, by subtle signs that early on.
Retrospective studies involving home videos
Observation of early signs of ASDs by researchers was first made possible through analysis of home videos of infants and toddlers later diagnosed with ASDs.13 Before 9 months of age, children with ASDs might show signs of developmental disruption in social behavior (e.g. gaze avoidance or looking at people infrequently, absence of emotional expression, and poor social initiative) and in motility (e.g. hypoactivity).14, 15 One group estimated that 87.5% of children with ASDs displayed such symptoms before their first birthday.15 Some studies that used this retrospective approach also included a comparison group of children with typical development, and two studies included a group of children with non-ASD-related developmental delays.16, 17 Children with a later diagnosis of ASD could be differentiated from those with typical development or mental retardation at around the time of their first birthday by less frequently responding to their name16 and less frequently looking at the faces of other individuals.17 In addition, 12-month-old children who were later diagnosed with ASDs differed from those with typical development by less often using a pointing gesture to request or to share interest.17, 18, 19 A limited variety of gestures in children aged between 9 and 12 months was reported to be associated with a subsequent diagnosis of ASD in one retrospective study.20 http://www.nature.com/ncpneuro/journ...neuro0731.html
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