App Could Transform Early Autism Diagnosis

Autism Awareness GraphicIn rural areas where there is a shortage of specialists, it can take a long time to correctly diagnose autism. Yet experts will tell you that early intervention is critical.

To help with the problem, the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, a Phoenix-based autism research developing a smartphone application that could help specialists diagnose autism sooner based on videos of children’s behavior uploaded onto a website.

The hope is that the app, the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment, could help children get treatment earlier. If successful, the diagnostic process could take weeks instead of months or years.

Technology is making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with autism. You can read about this development in the article here.

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