Scientists have developed a new screening tool that could use an individual’s movement to diagnose and treat autism, according to a series of studies published in the journalFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.
Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and Rutgers University have developed the method, which presents individuals with various images while a sensitive tracker monitors their movements.
The researchers say that this method, which can be used in children over the age of three, could provide an earlier, more objective and more accurate diagnosis of autism.
The method was tested on 78 children and adults with autism, including non-verbal autistic children and those with mild forms of the disorder.
The researchers say that the tool correctly diagnosed all of the participants, and even diagnosed autism subtypes, identified gender differences and tracked individual progress in treatment and development.