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Study Shows Advanced Head Growth Could Predict Autism

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RICHLAND, Wash.--The University of Washington's Autism Center says advanced head growth can predict autism before symptoms show.  

A Richland Pediatric Neuropsychiatrist said this is a significant finding. Although, he did mention that abnormal head growth alone doesn't indicate Autism.

There are other signs such as infants and toddlers not responding to their name. The study shows children with autism have normal-size heads at birth, yet they develop accelerated head growth between six and nine months.

Christine Beck, an Autism specialist with the Children's Developmental Center in Richland, says this study is very promising and will surely help many kids live regular lives.

'Children with Autism, they learn in different ways then we do," says Beck. We need to start earlier to tap into these different ways to help them learn and be able to function in a normal school and a normal life."

Some of the other characteristics in children with Autism is isolation. The Neuropsychiatrist said they get wrapped up in their own interests.

If your child is showing some of the symptoms we've mentioned, Beck says taking them to the doctor could make a world of difference.