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Researchers Look to Infant Eyes for Autism Diagnosis

Could Your Baby's Eyes Help Diagnose Autism?

Autism is difficult to detect in infants and toddlers, but treating it at an early age can improve a child's language and IQ scores.

Researchers from Yale and Canada's McMaster University are studying eye movement in young children with the hope of learning more about diagnosing the disease, according to the Wall Street Journal. They want to figure out how to diagnose and treat autism earlier and believe learning more about what interests and motivates the autistic mind will help them do so.

This amazing video shows how the researchers go about tracking how a baby looks at a human face. Researchers suspect autistic infants and toddlers may have different scanning patterns than those without it.

K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
It's great that they're working on forms of early detection for autism. The more we understand about it, the better. This is an interesting study. The only thing I've heard about the eyes in relationship to autism is children looking at objects out of the corners of their eyes as an early sign.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
interesting. my daughter that has autism was always social and had what i considered to be typical eye contact, until she started to regress. but who knows? maybe if we had done something like this we would have found out that it wasn't typical after all. also wondering if early detection is so great in ever case. what a heart break for a family to learn their infant has autism. and in my daughters case the treatments didn't help. at least we had some time with her before learning she had autism.
TallTJ TallTJ 9 years
I'm surprised they're saying this is new evidence. Austic children view humans/faces the same as every other object in a room, they were doing studies on this four or five years ago... maybe it is this study!? I dunno, but it's great they're refining it to children/babies. You don't require a device to "test" your baby though. If eye contact is not made/kept it's something to talk with your dr about. Totally don't mean to sound like a know it all! Sorry if it came out like that!! -T-
babysugar babysugar 9 years
It's great that they are trying to find new avenues to early detection.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Early detection is imperative.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
aww that baby is a cutie, anyway i hope there is more research for this cause detecting something like this early on will prepare people early on as oppose to later
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Study aside, this dude seriously creeps me out for some reason.
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