In Brief

By tracking the body movements of toddlers, this new system could lead to earlier intervention in autistic children.

There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about autism. Simply put, it is a physical disorder associated with brain biology and chemistry that impairs an individual’s social and communications skills. The exact cause is unknown, but it is generally believed that genetic factors play a large role.

Early diagnosis is extremely important. As there is no ‘cure,’ treatments are behavioral and run over the course of years. Starting therapy early is a huge benefit to the patient’s quality of life. That said, it is a difficult and expensive process to evaluate a toddler for autism, one that requires expert monitoring over a long period of time. But what if that could be automated?

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