Early Identification of Autism
|February 25, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Health, News, Research||
According to the results of the study, EEG complexity as a biomarker for autism spectrum disorder risk, out of Boston Children’s Hospital, an early identification method for autism may one day be available for high risk infants (those with a sibling with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum) as young as 6 months old.
The test uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity at various points in the child’s early development. The researchers detected patterns in the high-risk group that were different from those of the control group, and may indicate a higher likelihood of neurological developmental differences predictive of autism.
At this time, the early detection method is not expected to be widely available as its success with non-high-risk pool infants has not been thoroughly tested. However, this breakthrough in identifying a possible autism spectrum biomarker may jump-start the development of earlier interventions and therapies for very young children with a familial history of autism.
Study Citation: EEG complexity as a biomarker for autism spectrum disorder risk William Bosl, Adrienne Tierney, Helen Tager-Flusberg and Charles Nelson. BMC Medicine 2011, 9:18doi:10.1186/1741-7015-9-18