Unusual Visual Examination of Objects May Indicate Later Autism Diagnosis in Infants
[Source: Science Daily]
Unusual visual inspection of objects by infants 9 months of age and older is predictive of a later diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new UC Davis Health study has found.
Unusual visual inspection is defined as:
looking out of the corners of the eyes,
holding an object up very close to the face,
looking at something with one eye closed, or
staring at an object uninterrupted for more than 10 seconds.
“Unusual visual inspection behavior has long been associated with autism but never yet as early as 9 months of age,” said Meghan Miller, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute and the first author on the study.