17 Feb 2017

Detecting Autism earlier

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:35 pm on 17 February 2017

Autism could be detected in children long before symptoms start to show, meaning intervention could start much earlier. At the moment, the earliest that children tend to be diagnosed is at the age of two, or later. But scientists have used brain scans, to detect the condition in the first year of life. Dr Heather Hazlett, is from the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina, and she's been researching brain development in autism.

Autism could be detected in children long before symptoms start to show.

Autism could be detected in children long before symptoms start to show. Photo: 123RF