Autism is a developmental disorder affecting social development and communication. Currently, it is rare that autism is diagnosed earlier than two years of age when symptoms are sufficiently clear. Over the past decades, scientific research has advanced our understanding of the neurobiological basis of autism in older children and adults. By contrast, very little is known about how the conditions develop over the first few years.
Using newly developed techniques for studying brain and behaviour in infants, Eurosibs scientists will identify the earliest signs of these disorders in those infants that eventually develop symptoms of autism.
Understanding the nature of these early signs will allow for earlier and more effective intervention aimed at improving the quality of life of children and their families.
If you have a baby aged 0-10 months with an older sibling that has been diagnosed with autism and would like to take part, please contact your nearest Babylab (see Partners map) for more information. For more information on the techniques we use, please see below.