Author Jenn Savedge writes on mother nature network about a new app being developed to help doctors diagnose autism. The app is designed help to circumvent the long waiting periods and months of testing that many parents experience before their child is diagnosed and treatment can begin.
The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, a Phoenix-based autism research nonprofit, is in the process of developing a smartphone application that doctors could use to diagnose autism based on videos of a child’s behavior that have been uploaded onto a website. The aim of the app, called the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment, would be to reduce the amount of time is takes to diagnose children suspected of having autism so that they can begin treatment sooner. This would be particularly helpful in rural communities where autism specialists are few and far between.
Although the app is not yet available to parents, a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health towards the development of the app means that it could be available in 2014. The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center hopes to begin testing this summer.
Read the whole story at mother nature network.
By Jenn Savedge