Researchers offer a new way to detect and treat autism during the first few
months of life, when the brain is most responsive.
GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical experts agree that the earlier autism is diagnosed and therapy begun, the greater the chance a child can be helped. The problem is, even when parents have an intuition that "something is amiss" with their baby, most experts base their diagnosis of this disorder on social interaction, language acquisition, and learning skills - all aspects of development that don't become apparent until a child is at least two years of age.
That is about to change. Esteemed researchers OSNAT AND PHILIP TEITELBAUM have written an important new book, Does Your Baby Have Autism? (Square One Publishers, April 2008), which introduces a breakthrough method to reliably detect the signs of autism in babies as young as three to four months.
Why is this important? Because during a child's first year, when the nervous system is developing rapidly, it can compensate for areas that are not maturing properly better than at any other time. The infant brain, being quite "plastic," responds to therapies in dramatic ways.
Very early signs of possible autism are broken down into three main
categories: movement, symmetry, and motor development. In clear, accessible
prose, along with helpful illustrations, the Teitelbaums show how to
observe your baby without using specialized equipment so you can see if he
or she displays any of the identifiable symptoms. Just as important, they
share simple exercises and activities you can do at home with your baby,
early and often, to support your baby's brain development.
Readers also learn:
-- Eleven warning signs of asymmetrical motor development, and eight
activities to do with your infant that encourage symmetry
-- Nine "marker" reflexes that newborns should display and when they
should typically disa
|SOURCE Osnat and Philip Teitelbaum|
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