In its Science Weekly Podcast, the Autism Science Foundation shares, "Eye gaze and real-life early detection tools: An interview with researchers from Duke," featuring Dr. Geraldine Dawson and researchers from the Duke Pratt School of Engineering. What babies look at during development and how much time they spend looking at people vs. things has received a lot of criticism from some advocates who feel scientists should be spending less time on differences and more on practical solutions. Those two concepts are getting closer and closer and our early understandings of early autism features are now turning into applications to help better and earlier identification of ASD. This week, we talk to Geri Dawson and George Chang at Duke University who used these findings to piloted an app on an iPad. This app shows early promise of being used in a pediatricians office to support faster referral of toddlers for services and intervention.
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