Montreal Gazette, CNET, et al. - New study shows autism can be detected in infants as young as 6 months old


The hope of early diagnosis for autism took a step forward on Thursday as a new study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital showed that signs of autism may be detected in the brain of infants as young as 6 months old.

The finding, which was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, could lead to early intervention for children with autism.

Using specialized screening, the study found significant differences in the brain development of infants at high risk for autism starting as early as 6 months.