Pre-Verbal Communication Could Help in Early Autism Detection: Autism spectrum (ASD) is diagnosed through a variety of measures, including verbal, nonverbal, visual, and attentional factors. Because of this, most diagnoses are not received before age 3. But knowing what to look for in children at risk for ASD could provide earlier diagnoses, or at least give children in high risk categories access to resources that could help them address developmental challenges at the earliest possible moment.
However, longitudinal studies designed to identify infant and pre-verbal signs of autism would require immense efforts and exhaustive research. Therefore, Breanna M. Winder of the Department of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania sought to accomplish a similar goal through a more feasible avenue of research.