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'Better prognosis' could come with earlier Autism diagnosis

Autism
An expert has suggested that an earlier diagnosis of Autism can offer a person a better prognosis for the future.

Keith Lovett, director of Autism Independent UK, said: "The rule of thumb is the earlier the diagnosis the better the prognosis."

His comment comes as the University of Kansas has revealed a piece of apparatus to help screen for Autistic spectrum disorders.

The automated voice analysis technology can pick up Autistic children's "distinctly different" pre-verbal vocalisations with a high rate of accuracy.

However, Mr Lovett suggested that most parents will "get a gut feeling that something isn't quite right" if their child is Autistic.

He said that parents who suspect that something could be wrong should "see a specialist in the field of Autism for a diagnosis to rule it in or rule it out".

There are around 2.3 million people in the UK who are affected by Autism, according to the National Autistic Society.

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Private treatment news : 22 July 2010