Test helps diagnose autism in children at younger age

Test helps diagnose autism in children at younger age


— FOUR. REPORTER: AND NOTICED HER SON BRIAN — ANNE NOTICED HER SON BRIAN HAVING LINK — LANGUAGE ISSUES AT 18 MONTHS. A UMASS PEDIATRICIAN HAS DEVELOPED AN INTERACTIVE SCREENING TOOL TO IDENTIFY TODDLERS 18 TO 36 MONTHS OLD WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER. IT’S A GAME THAT TAKES LESS THAN 10 MINUTES. IT GIVES US A BETTER UNDERSTANDING. THERE IS A DELAY AND EYE CONTACT AND SOCIAL AWARENESS. REPORTER: EARLY DIAGNOSIS CAN BE A GAME CHANGER. THE EARLIER WE IDENTIFY THE DISORDER, THE EARLIER WE CANCER TREATMENT AND THE BETTER — WE CAN START TREATMENT AND THE BETTER THE PROGNOSIS. REPORTER: BRIAN IS NOW 21 YEARS OLD AND IS WORKING. THE DOCTOR IS TRAINING PEDIATRICIANS IN THE WORCESTER AREA TO ADMINISTER THE TEST.

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