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Name test used for autism
[Posted: Mon 09/04/2007 www.irishhealth.com]
A simple test involving speaking a baby’s name could be an early test for autism.
The technique is described in the US Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Doctors believe children as young as one could be tested. If they do not respond to their own name, it could be an indicator of autism.
Diagnosis of autism is usually not made before the age of three.
American researchers studied two groups of babies, a control group and another group considered at risk of autism because of older autistic children in their families.
Aged one year, all the babies in the control group passed the name test, responding at first or second saying of it. However 14% of the at-risk group did not react.
The researchers, from the University of California Davis, in Sacramento, followed up the children after one and two years. Of children later diagnosed with autism, 50% had failed the name test at age one.
Irish Autism Action quotes British estimates that one in 166 children has autism, and says the figure is likely to be similar here.
|Constance Posted: 12/04/2007 15:06|
|I think this is a very dangerous path to take for a diagnosis and it could cause untold worry for many parents - there are lots of reasons a child may not respond to their name being called or other communication efforts - this research does not say how many children were tested and how the control group were selected - 50% of the 14% who failed the test e.g. 7% of the at risk group, who failed the test were later diagnosed with autism - considering 100% of this group had a sibling with Autism it is not surprising that 7% were later diagnosed - the worry and damage and stress that may have been caused the other 7% who's children did not respond does not justify such unscientific testing - I'm surprised at irishhealth.com acepting such material for publication on the website|
|cally Posted: 12/04/2007 21:59|
|i have 4yrs son with autism,at first my son had glue ear .i thaugh this was why he would not look at me when i would call his name. IF ANYONE LIKE TO TALK TO ME ABOUT AUTISM IWOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM THEM.[CAROLINECH01@YAHOO.CO.UK|
|Anonymous Posted: 13/04/2007 10:14|
|Constance has a point, there could be other reasons - hearig problems or developmental delays which may the cuase of the child not responding to their name|
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