An early screening test for autism, designed to detect signs of the condition in babies as young as 1 year old, could revolutionize the care of autistic children, experts say, by getting them diagnosed and treated years earlier than usual.
The 24-item checklist takes just five minutes to complete and can be filled out in a pediatrician's waiting room..
..when parents bring children for their routine 12-month checkup, says a study of more than 10,000 infants, published today in the Journal of Pediatrics.
The checklist -- available online now -- asks parents or other caregivers about their child's communication skills, from babbling and first words to eye contact. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and others.
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