Using Movement to Diagnose and Treat Autism

July 25, 2013

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and Rutgers University have developed a new quantitative screening method for diagnosing and longitudinal tracking of autism in children after age 3. The studies are published as part of a special collection of papers in the open-access journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.

The technique involves tracking a person’s random movements in real time with a sophisticated computer program that produces 240 images a second and detects systematic signatures unique to each person. The traditional assessment for diagnosing autism involves primarily subjective opinions of a person’s social interaction, deficits in communication, and repetitive and restricted behaviors and interests.

Indiana University (2013, July 24). Novel technology seen as new, more accurate way to diagnose and treat autism. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 25, 2013,

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