Latest discoveries on World Autism Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/2/09

Latest discoveries on World Autism Day

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Thursday, on World Autism Day, here's what's new from Yale. They've found a key difference in what grabs the attention of autistic children compared to other kids.

Using a video of a stick figures outlined by points of light, researchers found most toddlers were fascinated with the figure's movement, gestures and facial expressions. But kids with autism only paid attention when the figure started clapping or playing pat-a-cake.

Researchers say this proves that autistic children tend to be preoccupied with movement rather than expression. And they're hoping doctors can look for those signs early in infancy to begin treatment early if there is a diagnosis.

This study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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