Children at Risk for Autism Struggle to Notice Mismatched Audio and Video, Researchers Find
[Source: Science Daily]
Rutgers research that may eventually enable far earlier autism diagnoses shows that typically developing infants perceive audio-video synchrony better than high-risk for autism infants.
If follow-up research demonstrates that most infants who miss unmatched audio and video develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD), physicians may be able to diagnose the condition years earlier — a potentially important step as early treatment strongly predicts better outcomes.
“We’re a long way from validating this as a diagnostic tool, but the results definitely suggest it could be a diagnostic tool,” said Michael Lewis, University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
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