New Kit Allows For At-Home Autism Diagnosis
(Updated: September 15, 2009 at 12:48 PM CT)
Want to know if your child has autism? You may not need a doctor anymore. Makers of a new kit say they can screen for autism by monitoring just 16 hours of voice data taken at home.
Here’s how it works: Parents outfit their child in specially designed clothing that includes a slot for an audio recorder. Then, the recorder is placed in the slot and left on for 16 hours so that it can document a full day’s worth of sound. Once complete, parents send the recorder and completed questionnaire back to the kit’s makers for analysis and within a few weeks receive the results.
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The kit, called LENABaby, relies on the fact that children with autism make different sounds than their peers.
The results from the screening kit are said to be 91 percent accurate in children as young as 24 months. The system is successful, the makers say, because children are assessed in their natural environment over the course of an entire day, reports Technology Review. To read more click here.