WASHINGTON – A new study published in the Medical Journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests that children can be reliably diagnosed with autism earlier than is now recommended.
Autism is a spectrum disorder that can affect social skills, behavior and communication abilities.
Current guidelines state that children can start being screened during regular doctor visits between 18 and 24 months old.
In the new Autism detection and diagnosis can start with high accuracy at just 14 months old.
Researchers said that could lead to children with autism having the opportunity to start therapies early.
They add earlier intervention may increase their skills by school age.