Autism Signs

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A study suggests that about half of all cases of autism may be diagnosable during the toddler years. Dr. Edward Hill discusses autism cues in toddlers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Researchers found that early signs of autism were evident in children as young as 14 months of age.

In a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers followed 125 children. Their social interaction, communication and play behaviors were evaluated at different stages.

At each assessment, researchers noted any signs of delay or impairment that might be a sign of autism. A final diagnosis was made on their last visit. Thirty of the children were diagnosed with autism. Half of the children with autism had been diagnosed at the first 14-month visit and half were diagnosed later.

The study identified these early signs of autism:

Abnormalities in initiating communication with others.

Impaired ability to initiate, and respond to opportunities of, sharing experiences with others.

Irregularities when playing with toys, and

Significantly reduced variety of sounds, words and gestures used to communicate.

Parents should discuss any early developmental problems with their pediatrician.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.