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Kennedy Krieger releases free online video tutorial on early autism recognition

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a free online video tutorial on early autism recognition that will be distributed to member pediatricians throughout the state. Developed by autism researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the goal of the tutorial is to improve recognition of the early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in one-year-olds among pediatricians, parents and early intervention providers.

Currently, ASD-specific screening begins within pediatric practices at age 18 months. However, experts agree that these screeners are imperfect and usually require parents to provide rigid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to questions about behaviors that often present inconsistently in toddlers. As a result, the early signs of ASD may be missed.

“The earliest signs of autism in one-year-olds may be subtle, even for trained professionals,” said Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. “These videos are meant to provide pediatricians with the visual tools necessary to distinguish between the behaviors of children with and without ASD so that we can support healthier learning and development in children on the spectrum as early as possible.”

Here is the nine-minute video comparing behaviors among six toddlers, three of whom show no sign of ASD and three who exhibit social characteristics associated with ASD.

 

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