Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Approach to Autism Research

The University of Washington is looking for 200 local families to participate in a new study. The idea behind the research is to look at babies and treat babies before the symptoms even show up. 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with Autism- usually around the age of two years. If an older sibling has Autism- the likelihood of being diagnosed jumps to 1 out of 20 children.

This study is "one of the nation's first studies on preventing autism in infants and will spend the next four years exploring the benefit of intensive and early therapy on the mysterious disorder" according to the UW clinicians have seen more successful the earlier they have treated children and hope this study will help them understand why.

Parents interested in participating in the study can call the UW Autism Center at 800-994-9701 or check

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