How To Prevent Infants At Risk For Autism – Part 1 of 2
How To Prevent Infants At Risk For Autism. A group therapy involving “video feedback” – where parents watch videos of their interactions with their newborn – might help prevent infants at risk for autism from developing the disorder, a new study suggests. The research involved 54 families of babies who were at increased risk for autism because they had an older sibling with the condition. Some of the families were assigned to a analysis program in which a therapist used video feedback to help parents understand and respond to their infant’s individual communication style. The ideal of the therapy – delivered over five months while the infants were ages 7 to 10 months – was to improve the infant’s attention, communication, early language development, and collective engagement.
Other families were assigned to a control group that received no therapy. After five months, infants in the families in the video therapy group showed improvements in attention, engagement and societal behavior, according to the study published Jan 22, 2015 in The Lancet Psychiatry. Using the therapy during the baby’s first year of life may “modify the emergence of autism-related behaviors and symptoms,” tip-off author Jonathan Green, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Manchester in England, said in a journal news release.