Right now, it’s almost impossible to diagnose autism at six months. These scans could offer a way to catch it much earlier.
"This is really before we can pick up any differences behaviorally," Dr. Wolff said. "If we could go earlier and earlier in our interventions, we could prevent autism from fully manifesting."
Gracie seems to be developing normally. A relief to her parents who say their little girl is a big part of helping Seth deal with his disorder.
"We can’t imagine where Seth would be if it wasn’t for Gracie," Sally Whitaker, Gracie and Seth’s mother, said.
Doctor Wolff says the imaging could one day be used with behavioral exams, which are the current standard, to better diagnose autism. The hope is to catch it before signs start to show. A recent study published in pediatrics found when children as young as 18 months underwent therapy for autism, their IQ improved by 14 points compared to other kids with autism. MORE
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