Early signs of autism 'found in first months of life'

The early signs of autism can be identified in the first months of life, according to new research. Scientists used eye-tracking technology to measure the way infants look at and respond to social cues.

We found a steady decline in attention to other people's eyes, from two until 24 months, in infants later diagnosed with autism.

– Dr Ami Klin, director of the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, US

Children later diagnosed with autism showed a reduced tendency to notice the gaze of other people from the age of two months onwards.