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What have we learned about autism from infants?

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Until 20 years ago we knew next-to nothing about autism prior to a diagnosis at age 3 years or often much later. For the past 15 year many groups have studied infants with a family history of autism and followed them through childhood. There have been unexpected findings; confirmations of things we thought we knew but only really suspected; and more recently doubts raised about whether we have been even asking the right questions (or using the right methods). An emerging picture from these studies is that early atypicalities in one or more of several functional cognitive systems are associated with familial likelihood and with a later autism diagnosis. Understanding the temporal associations between these developmental pathways over time may reveal the underlying mechanisms of atypical development in autism and inform approaches to early support.

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