"Detecting autism before age two has been notoriously difficult, in part because the disease is diagnosed based on behavioral traits, including a difficulty to make eye contact or respond to their name. Many of the telltale signs aren’t present in children that young, especially infants younger than one year old.

But the study, reported in the journal Nature, suggests that identifying autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before symptoms arise may not be as far-fetched as scientists once thought."

Our CEO/Medical Director, Dr. Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, finds this study encouraging so that potentially intervention can begin earlier, but wants to be clear that the techniques are research level and not commercially available. She is not able to order these tests for patients, but nonetheless finds this study and information promising. 

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