A New Way To Detect Autism - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/1/08

A New Way To Detect Autism

Researchers may have found a way to detect autism by analyzing brain waves. Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recorded electrical currents in the brains of both autistic and non-autistic children using magneto-encephalo-graphy which is already used to evaluate epilepsy.

The researchers gave both groups different types of audio stimulation like tones, beeps, vowels, and sentences then gave them at different frequencies. Autistic children showed a fraction of a second delay in the brain's response to some of the sounds, which may explain why these children have difficulties in language and communication.

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