One of the potential signs of autism is when a child doesn’t make eye contact. It’s not always a sign; in fact, sometimes those with autism don’t have any trouble making eye contact. However, avoiding the eyes of others tends to be very common among those on the spectrum.
But is it possible to find signs like this at an even earlier age than one might have thought we ever could? It may be now.
Researchers at Emory University have discovered an eye tracking software that shows where your baby is looking. It has been proven to find changes already happening that may detect autism at a very young age—before the child is even a year old!
Studying babies as early as two months old, these researchers have found that by six months, children with autism spend less time looking at eyes. This technology can now help identify autism before a parent or doctor sees signs.
This could be really great and helpful for both autistic children and their families. Experts stress that the earlier a child is diagnosed with autism, the better off they will be because they will be able to start early intervention sooner. And the sooner early intervention can start, the better off the child will be in the long run.
However, we want to make one thing perfectly clear to parents of infants: be aware that this isn’t something you can see with the naked eye, so please do not try to go looking for it yourself and cause yourself unnecessary worry.
But if you do have any concerns or see noticeable signs of autism, be sure to bring them up to your child’s doctor. They will be able to help you by screening for autism and/or sending you to a professional who can make the correct diagnosis.
To learn about signs of autism that you can see in your baby, check out this article.
Learn more about this interesting story in the video below!
Then after you finish watching it, keep scrolling to learn about a phone app that could potentially help with autism diagnosis!