New research says it’s possible to help diagnose autism in babies as young as a year old, and an early diagnosis could allow for earlier intervention or potentially stop a child from developing autism.
Autism typically isn’t diagnosed until a child starts to show delays in talking and other milestones that occur after age 2. A study published in this month’s Current Directions in Psychological Science says the medical community has new clues about what to look for in even younger children.
For example, children who will later develop autism are less likely to show “joint attention behaviors”—paying attention to both a toy and another person. They are also less likely to imitate, said Brooke Ingersoll of Michigan State University, who wrote the journal article.
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