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12 Jun 2018, 11:53 pm

App Shows Potential In Flagging Autism

New research suggests that a simple iPhone app could be instrumental in helping screen children for autism from the comfort of home.
The app called Autism and Beyond solicits information from parents and videos of their children.

“We found that this app provided data consistent with what we see in a traditional clinical research setting,” said Helen L. Egger, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Health, who led the study published this month in the journal npj Digital Medicine.

More than 1,750 families submitted information and videos of their children ages 1 to 6 via the app for the study. Researchers then used a computer algorithm to track facial movements and code each child’s emotions and attention.

Ultimately, the software was able to distinguish children at higher risk for autism who tended to have a more neutral response to stimulation in the videos, which showed floating bubbles or a bunny, among other positive imagery.

Researchers said the findings indicate that technologies like this are well-received by families and could be used to make screening more widely available, potentially speeding diagnosis and treatment

Automatic emotion and attention analysis of young children at home: a ResearchKit autism feasibility study

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