Sponsored Links


Simple test may show risk for autism


A new study has identified a simple test which could help parents and health care providers identify children at risk for autism.

Researchers conducted a study of six-month-old infants at a high genetic risk for autism and found that weak head and neck control ("head lag") could be a red flag for autism (ASD) and language and/or social development. They found that a simple “pull-to-sit” exercise could be added to existing screening protocols at baby well visits to improve early detection and intervention.

“Research aimed at improving early detection of autism has largely focused on measurement of social and communication development,” explained Dr. Rebecca Landa, study author and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute. “However, disruption in early motor development may also provide important clues about developmental disorders such as autism.”

Head lag phenomenon

The head lag phenomenon is not new to doctors. Previous studies have shown that the delay indicates developmental delays in children with cerebral palsy and preterm infants. The idea that postural control in infants could indicate risk for ASD had not been considered. A baby on a typical developmental pattern achieves the head and neck control at four months.

“While more research is needed to examine why not all children with ASD experience motor delay, the results of our studies examining motor development add to the body of research demonstrating that early detection and intervention for infants later diagnosed with autism is possible and remains crucial to minimize delays and improve outcomes,” Dr. Landa concluded.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, International Meeting for Autism Research

Related Reading

call now icon Free Treatment Assessment
Call Now—Help Available 24/7 (877) 331-9311


OCD Self Test

Do you or a loved one feel like you might have a problem with OCD?
Take the Self Test now to get more information.


Sponsored Links



The information provided on brainphysics.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of brainphysics.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Click here to read our complete Terms of Use.

Free Treatment Assessment
Call Now—Help Available 24/7 (877) 331-9311

Sign up for our newsletter to receive mental health Information & Inspiration


Sponsored Links

You May Also Want To Read


Other People Are Also Reading


Online Support Groups

visit SupportGroups.com

SupportGroups.com provides a support network for those facing life's challenges. Click on the following links to get a helping hand in a confidential, caring environment.

Support Groups


BrainPhysics.com Social