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Video Test Aids Assessment of Autistic Children

Dec 24, 2012 -- 2:27 pm
By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 17, 2012

Emerging research points to the benefit of early intervention for children diagnosed with autism. Unfortunately, there is no medical test to diagnose the disorder.

Instead, clinicians rely on parent observations to identify if a child is not following the normal developmental sequence such as failing to make eye contact, not responding to his or her name or playing with toys in unusual, repetitive ways.

Naturally, parents often wonder how much of the world their young children really understand. Though typically developing children are not able to speak or point to objects on command until they are between eighteen months and two years old, they do provide clues that they understand language as early as the age of one.

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