New test could detect autism at 6-months-old
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
- Duration 3:41
- Date May 20, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
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A message to all parents out there a new study has raised red flags for children as young as six months.
It turns out that a simple -- to sit tasks that you can do with your baby may help in detecting autism early.
Research shows that if the child displays head -- where you pull them up in their head lags behind.
That may indicate early signs of autism a doctor Siegel as every parent at home right now reaches for their baby to do this how reliable is this test.
I -- make a couple points here because one -- -- -- kids right now -- getting diagnosed with autism which is an extremely high amount and we usually make in this diagnosis around the age of four.
And if we could make it earlier we could do interventions that really work.
Social interventions the Kennedy Krieger Institute which actually did this study in Baltimore does a lot of these interventions they want to diagnose it earlier.
The key here is high risk groups if you have a child where there's a sibling in the fairway with -- autism or there's a high risk in the family of autism.
Then this head -- test that six months is 90% predictable between 75 and 90% that's very very good.
But if you're not in the high risk group Jamie can maybe do something else so I don't want parents out there to say I'm gonna go now and check my kid it because the -- leg again would you describe border was.
Pulling the kids by kid by the arms its six months in a seated position after four months the head supposed to follow but people are different everyone's different you know we spent a lot of time focusing on -- movement.
-- posted the baby with the child look you in the -- we find out that China's is that causes that it may not always be autism.
So autism is an issue of social problems social interaction.
Not in directing correctly socially the thing with a -- lag is actually a motor development it's not related to autism.
But we're noticing more and more neurological problems in autistic children including seizures.
Including this -- -- it's something the pediatrician should know about and have in their arsenal parents.
If they have a high risk situation.
And let me ask you doctors -- what are those high risk situations other than as a sibling of a child who has been diagnosed already.
With a family history is extremely important but I think that would just that genetics plays a big -- and and and also if you have any other siblings Europe at slim high risk.
I think what this tells us as a medical communities is obviously is an intriguing study it's his small -- only forty kids it's beat some surveys.
And certainly just because your child hasn't had that doesn't mean that they're going to become autistic and I wanna make it very clear.
But you know we're desperate to find their way to screen and I think that's what this is about because -- you find the answer to sort -- you diagnose and you can intervene and they have better outcome and that's really what's going on with autism.
The numbers are on the rise because we're -- them more and also parents are reporting that more -- -- catching them at the age of four if you catch him at six months.
You have better outcome.
But this is one example there are a lot of socialist is that the parents need to pay attention.
I -- responding to their names are they moving their head when you call them are they attracting more -- just playing alone by themselves.
Behavioral patterns are they doing to have -- it clapping or walking and certain moves.
That's not normal and other languages are they putting warts together so all of those are keys for parents.
And if you -- found with high risk I do you have any of this symptoms talk to your pediatrician.
To catch -- -- -- I think that's genetic.
It's good that you're saying it's just one way to tell because a lot of kids talk later walked Utley and should be -- Even our data that's being presented in -- autism research in Toronto so you know we take you regret is -- -- this -- -- -- -- -- parry --