Head Lag and Autism
Thank you to Margaret Rice of Your Therapy Source for calling this research to our attention:
Recent research indicates that infants who exhibit a head lag are at risk for autism, language and/or social development delays. Forty infants who were considered at risk for autism (due to sibling diagnosed with autism) were tested for head lag at 6, 14, 24, and, for outcome diagnosis, at 30 or 36 months. The results indicated the following:
- 90% of infants diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibited head lag as infants
- 54% of children meeting criteria for social/communication delay had exhibited head lag as infants
- 35% of children not meeting the criteria for social or communication delay or ASD exhibited head lag at 6 months.
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