September 14, 2009
by Verity Edwards
A WORLD-FIRST study on siblings of children with autism is showing that signs associated with the behavioural disorder appear in babies in their first weeks of life.
The Flinders University research is the first of its kind to study the behaviour of infants who have an increased risk of developing autism from as young as 10 days, and to revisit the children every second month until they are 18 months old.
The ability to diagnose children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder within the first months could lead to significant improvements in a child’s quality of life, because it would enable parents to seek early intervention therapies for their children and to circumvent the formation of specific behavioural patterns.
Study co-ordinator Danielle Robson told The Australian preliminary results were showing children in an at-risk group – with an older sibling with an ASD including Asperger’s syndrome – were developing different behavioural patterns to children from families with no history ofautism.
“Many of the at-risk infants are showing early patterns of behaviour that’s consistent with autism even if they don’t go on to develop autism,” Ms Robson said yesterday. “Even if they didn’t develop autism, their development is different to infants with no family history of autism and what it should be, suggesting there may be a broader spectrum of the disorder among family members.”
Comment from Leslie
Is it possible that our toxic load is becoming so heavy that it is being passed on to our offspring? We have been able to pinpoint vaccines as the cause of autism because of the heavy metals…but will the genetic toxic load add to the damage? Perhaps this is what Big Pharma has been banking on – literally and figuratively.