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New Autism Signs Moms Have to Know

New Mom’s Signs of Autism For New Moms

Learn new ways to detect autism.

Is your baby autistic? Learn how to tell. Early detection and implementation of autism therapy is critical for minimizing the effects of autism.

Example of Head Lag Autism Signs

Autism spectrum disorder information is shared by researchers from all over the globe every year at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Toronto. This year new information has been presented about autism and autism research. Bringing hope for advancement in autism therapy and treatment.

Laura Shumaker gives us some highlights on the new information on how to spot early signs of autism in babies. Her report on SFgate.com tells us how a simple test could uncover symptoms of autism disorders.

One of the study’s discussed at the meeting came from researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. In the study, authored by Dr. Rebecca Landa,researchers looked at six-month old infants at high genetic risk for autism and noticed that weak head and neck control might be a red flag for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and language and/or social developmental delays. They concluded that a simple “pull-to-sit” task could be added to existing developmental screenings at pediatric well visits to improve early detection of developmental delays.

“Research aimed at improving early detection of autism has largely focused on measurement of social and communication development,” said Dr. Rebecca Landa , director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute. “However, disruption in early motor development may also provide important clues about developmental disorders such as autism.”

Preterm infants and children afflicted with cerebral palsy have been studied before and were observed with head lag. However this form of postural control has never been examined in connection with autism spectrum disorders.

For the most part infants will be able to exercise control of their posture in what is called a ‘pull to sit’ exercise by the age of four months.

You can read the whole report from the SFGate.  For a full account of the meeting, The Thinking Persons Guide to Autism here.

This video is an example of the weak head and neck control; the infant is unable to maintain head alignment when being carefully, yet firmly, pulled by the arms from lying flat on his/her back to a sitting position.

This is an easy test to perform. Being able to detect signs of autism disorders and the age of 4 months is a great asset in helping to get autism therapy implemented at a much earlier stage of the developmental process.

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