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Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants

Declining eye contact during the first few months of life may be a key to identifying children likely to develop autism. Babies typically focus on faces almost as soon as they are born, and learn to pick up social cues by looking at other people's eyes. Children with autism, a developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication skills, rarely make eye contact. In a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers used eye-tracking ...

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