A new screening method, developed in the United States, allows a diagnosis of early, objective and precise autism, using a technique that measures small fluctuations in movement, and using a digital map in real time of the patient, able to accurately detect the degree to which their movement patterns differ from people who are developing normally.
This system, which can identify types of autism and track individual progress of each patient in the development and treatment, can be used with children who do not speak -even with babies-, and also with adults.
"This system could change the way children with autism learn and communicate, because it helps them develop self-motivation"
Jorg V. José, theoretical physicist and computational neuroscientist at the University of Indiana, in the United States, explained that research offers the possibility of detect autism at a much younger age, which also allows therapy to begin earlier. The researchers also believe that this tool can change the way in which children with autism they learn and communicate because it helps them to develop self-motivation.
The team of scientists developed a digital support, with a performance similar to a Wii, and exposed 25 autistic children -most of whom did not express themselves verbally-, to various contents such as their favorite television programs, videos of themselves, video clip, etc., and learned to communicate what they wanted through simple movements.
Elizabeth Torres, one of the directors of the study, explained that when children see a connection of cause and effect, they move deliberately, and the action becomes intentional behavior. The children spontaneously learned to control their body to transmit and achieve what they wanted, and that knowledge was maintained over time.