London: Infants fixing their gaze on a particular object for a long time could be an early indication of developing autism, say researchers.Autism is a lifelong developmental disability and part of a spectrum disorder. The main symptoms are difficulties with social interaction, impaired communication skills and unusual thought and behaviour patterns.
However, the team found that when the babies were not being engaged, those in the high risk group spent far more time gazing at the toy than the caregiver. According to study author Dr Rebecca Landa, the study showed a subtle early marker for autism. "This study shows that there is a particular vulnerability in high-risk siblings at six months of age," dailymail.co.uk quoted her as saying. "They are not as socially interactive and engaged on their own as their peers, but still respond typically when engaged by their caregivers, making for a subtle difference that could be easily overlooked by both parents and some professionals."IANS
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