The BBC is reporting that a simple name test for infants could predict autism. In a study researches found that 100% of a control group of children responded to their name. In a larger group of ‘at risk’ children, only 86% responded. The families were contacted again at 24 months and three quarters of the children who had failed the test at 12 months had developmental problems, mostly with autism.
Such simple and effective tests for autism are vital. Early and intensive treatment of autism makes a big impact on the long-term prospects. For more information see: Signs of Autism in Toddlers and Infants.
The full study on the name test appeared in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine: A Prospective Study of Response to Name in Infants at Risk for Autism.