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Smartphone app helps early detection of autism

Smartphone app helps early detection of autism

New York, Nov 13 (IANS) Scientists have developed a new smartphone app that tracks eye movement to determine, in less than a minute, if a child is showing signs of autism spectrum disorder.

Autism spectrum disorder is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact and affects one-two person per 1,000 worldwide.

The autism tracking software, which can be installed in cell phones, tablets or computers, provides detection of the neurodegenerative disorder in children as young as two years old and can dramatically improve the benefits of treatment.

Often the disability is not suspected until a child enters school, the researchers said, adding that the earlier the diagnosis, the better.

“Although it’s never too late to start therapy, research demonstrates the earlier we diagnose, the better our outcomes,” said Kathy Ralabate Doody, Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo State College, US.

The study found that the app tracks eye movements of a child looking at photos of social scenes, which evokes the most dramatic differences in eye movement between children with and without ASD.

 

Source: Economic Times

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