How do you know if your baby has autism? At present a diagnosis is usually not made before age three. According to the Center of Disease Control, the average age of diagnosis for autism is 3-4 years and later in socioeconomic depressed communities. Great strides are being made to diagnose autism earlier and earlier. Some experts believe that autism can be diagnoses by age two with a high degree of accuracy.
The authors of this book wanted to come up with a way to detect autism at even an earlier age than two or at least be suspicious that a problem is present. What they postulated was that if children and adults with autism show gross and fine motor deficits, then these deficits were probably present and noticeable at a much younger age if only one knew what to look for.
So the authors studied baby videos of children who were later diagnosed with autism. They then studied and observed baby videos of children who developed normally and did not have autism. By comparing the two groups, they noticed significant differences in key areas of development.
In this book you will learn about the development of reflexes, symmetry of movement, the righting process( the ability to roll over), crawling, sitting, and walking. You will learn what the typical developing baby does and what the authors saw in the autistic babies they studied. If you can recognize deficits in your baby's development , then you are in a position to get you child evaluated by a medical professional much earlier than you would have without this valuable information. Your child may not have autism, and if they do, you may still not get an early diagnosis of autism. What you can get is professional help in addressing and treating the deficits that are present. The earlier these deficits are treated the better outcome that is achieved.