Researchers: Autism, eye contact linked

Source: MGN Online
Source: MGN Online

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Doctors may be able to spot signs of autism in the first months of life.

Researchers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta tracked the eye movements of infants at risk for autism, like those with an older sibling already diagnosed with the condition, and compared them to children with no risks.

They found children who were later diagnosed with autism would hold eye contact less and less as they aged.

The researchers explained eye contact plays a key role in social development and declining attention to the eyes of others, could be one of the first signs of the condition.

The researchers also said they used special technology over the course of several months to track infant eye movements.

Parents will not be able to pick up on this on their own and they should not worry if their child doesn't look them in the eye.

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