Research brief: Early sign of autism

Babies who fail to respond to their name at age one are highly likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), say US researchers. For the study, 55 infants with a family risk of ASD and 43 other infants were assessed aged one when their name was called. Only 86 per cent of those in the at-risk group responded, compared with all of the controls. Of the 10 children who were diagnosed with an ASD at age two, half had failed the test (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2007; 161: 378–83).

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