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Autism: New Clue to Earlier Detection

Researchers Find Autism Attention Difference That May Start Very Early, Which May Lead to Earlier Detection and New Therapies

New Autism Study

Klin, Jones, and colleagues have a grant to study how early in life those attention differences start and whether those patterns can be altered.

Meanwhile, Klin has a message for families of autistic children.

"I have 20 years serving children with autism and their families, and their well-being is all that matters," Klin tells WebMD.

"There is nothing in our research that in any way conveys a sense that children [with autism] are any less human, any less deserving of our love and respect, or any less of anything at all. It is that the way they seem to learn about this world is rather different than the strategies used by their peers. By better understanding how they do this, the better we will be able to reach them, and like in any personal relationship, the better they will be able to reach us. ... Their different perspective might give us solutions that others, with the typical mind and brain, might never see."

 

Klin talks more about reaching children with autism on WebMD's News blog.

 

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