If your child is three years old and has not started talking yet, or is not acting like other children of the same age, he/she may be autistic. And now, scientists have developed an app that can detect early signs of autism. This detection can lead to early intervention that may significantly impact the development of autism syndrome (Autism Syndrome).
Autism is a medical condition that makes communication difficult precisely because different areas of the brain fail to work together in this medical condition. The symptoms of autism start to develop before a child is three years old.
‘The software has the potential to automatically analyse a child’s eye gaze, walking patterns or motor behaviours for signs that are distinct from typical development,’ said the app’s developer Amy Esler, an assistant professor of paediatrics at University of Minnesota in the US.
These signs would signal to doctors that they need to refer a family to a specialist for a more detailed evaluation, Esler added.
The programme can immediately be used in homes and clinics given it non-invasive nature. The study focused on three behavioural tests that can help identify autism in very young children.
In one test, an infant’s attention is drawn to a toy being shaken on the left side and then redirected to a toy being shaken on the right side.
Clinicians count how long it takes for the child’s attention to shift in response to the changing stimulus.
In all of the tests, the person administering them not only controls the stimulus, he or she is also counts how long it takes for the child to react.
The new programme allows testers to forget about taking measurements while also providing more accuracy, recording reaction times down to tenths of a second.
The results appeared in the journal Autism Research and Treatment.
Impaired Reciprocal Social Interaction
Children with autism have problems or difficulty with social interactions like;
Autism affects communication and the child may show communication problems such as;
Restricted Repertoire of Interests, Behaviours, and Activities
These children have pattern of repetitive behaviour with narrow, restricted interests and behavioural problems such as;
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