Predicting Autism Outcomes Possible, Study Finds

Researchers say they’ve identified brain response patterns in young kids with autism that predicted the children’s future cognitive capabilities.

By measuring brain responses to various words, a new study finds that patterns evident at age 2 indicate what type of linguistic, cognitive and adaptive skills a child with autism is likely to have when they reach ages 4 and 6.

The finding, reported Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, proved reliable regardless of the treatment that the children received, researchers said.

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