29 Apr '11, 9pm

New Screening Test May Detect Autism In Kids As Young As One Year: A new simple screening t...

New Screening Test May Detect Autism In Kids As Young As One Year: A new simple screening t...

A new, simple screening test outlined in the Journal of Pediatrics yesterday may help detect the early warning signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in children as young as one year old. The 24 question test takes only 5 minutes to administer, and could lead to breakthroughs in early intervention for children diagnosed with the disorder. The current "gold standard" diagnostic test (known as the M-CHAT & test) is not typically considered accurate in detecting autism in children younger than 2 years old. Dr. Karen Pierce, a neuroscientist responsible for developing the test, hopes that this earlier detection will lead to better outcomes for the diagnosed children. From PBS NEWSHOUR : Studies have shown that children with autism who started treatment early had higher IQs, better language abilities and behavior and fewer autism symptoms. Brain circuitry is starting t...

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Thomas McDonald/The New York Times Menhaden like these picked up by a Connecticut fisheries boat are among the fish stocks...