New Test Could Determine Your Baby's Risk of Autism

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autismAnother piece of the autism puzzle may be falling into place. Researchers at Yale think they've stumbled on a marker in the placenta that could diagnose the spectrum disorder earlier than ever before. And by early, they mean when a baby is first born.

Imagine, no more waiting until you notice something is off and then waiting for a diagnosis! It all sounds too good to be true.

Maybe. Then again, maybe not. 

The lead doctor on the study says we don't yet have enough information for what he called a "definitive" autism test at birth. But when researchers looked at the placenta tissue from 117 children born to families who already had a child with autism and compared them to placentas from 100 babies born into families in which no older children had autism, they found what are being described as "abnormal structures" were much more common in the high risk group.

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If doctors can start examining placenta tissue and find those markers, that means they could get parents autism diagnoses earlier than the typical 3 or 4 years old. Even more importantly, that means parents could get their kids intervention services earlier.

It's those services, after all, that tend to make the biggest difference for kids on the spectrum. After all, there is no cure for autism, but therapies and assistive technologies help improve the quality of life for a kid on the spectrum. The earlier they start, the more effective those therapies can be, and the better quality of life you provide a child. 

If these doctors can turn this into a test done in maternity wards across the nation (or heck, the world), they could change countless lives.

Would you have your placenta tissue tested if this went mainstream?

 

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Venae Venae

Please...now you can start intervention early.  Yeah, right.  Don't kid yourselves - those babies would be aborted so fast it makes my head spin. 

Cleo07 Cleo07

The test is done on the placenta after the birth-a little late for an abortion. Autism is all about early intervention so this sounds like a good test.

nonmember avatar Shandeigh

Why are they bound and determined to make Autism the mothers fault? It's eitehr something the mother ate, was exposed to, or she just didn't love her baby enough.. and now we had to have had defective placenta. I'm so sick of it. In my case it's especially frustrating because we know it comes from my husbands side of the family as his brother has two autistic children from two different women.

nonmember avatar Rory Gilmore

When my kids were diagnosed at 2, it was a relief to finally have an explanation for what we had been seeing. If I would have known earlier, I could have worked with them, rather than against them. Early intervention helps the autistic child be better at who he or she is. It doesn't take away the autism. We had been beating our heads against the wall trying to turn our kids "typical." If we had known earlier, we all would have been better off and better equipped to help our kids.

nonmember avatar julie

The only interventions for an.autistic child.are those that every decent parent should employ for EVERY child: consistency, calmness, undivided attention, discipline and.unconditional love.

nonmember avatar Anna

My son is being tested for Aspergers Syndrome now & I wish that this test existed back when I was a kid. I belive that with all this 21st century tech our world should be able to do this no matter what people think. It helps kids isn't that enough? Aren't the children we give birth to the future of our world? I am a single mother trying to figure out everything that is going on with my lil man by myself & I'm not even 25 he will be 2 in june. I have no idea what to do or even what to expect but I have hope, love & prayer. I vote yes on this test! If anyone has any advice for me on Aspergers &/or ASD please help.

Firen... Firenygirl180

I would definitely have the test done. The baby has been born. I'm going to love it and care for it. It would make those first 2-3 years a lot easier on parents if they can learn what to expect and how to handle things better.

south... southernmom1711

For those of you that comment on this article Anna is me so if you have ay advice do please share thanks.

Rando... Randomlady

I have done some reading and I was seeing is that autism is caused by an extra or deficient chromosome, we only just found this out ourselves that my stepson is missing some legs to a couple chromosomes and it is causing his autism and then I read about it in Time magazine...


Anyways to this article, if they do this test, for the parents who chose to take on that extra amount of patience and frustration it will be great so they can receive services sooner. However, the parents who are not willing to do it and I can understand completely for not being willing to, will probably have some accident with that child. Maybe SIDS? Maybe it suffocated in it's crib? Or they will drop it off at a church or leave it at the hospital. So many possibilities once you find out something is wrong with the baby you were carrying.

blcsm... blcsmommie

I would be for this if it is proved reliable. I knew from the day my daughter was born she had something going on with her....it took me till she was almost 4 to get a diagnosis and that was after seeing multiple specialist as I am now being told it is much harder to diagnos girls than boys..


 


Anna what ever you want to know you can message me. I have a dd snd nephew with aspergers.  



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My son is being tested for Aspergers Syndrome now & I wish that this test existed back when I was a kid. I belive that with all this 21st century tech our world should be able to do this no matter what people think. It helps kids isn't that enough? Aren't the children we give birth to the future of our world? I am a single mother trying to figure out everything that is going on with my lil man by myself & I'm not even 25 he will be 2 in june. I have no idea what to do or even what to expect but I have hope, love & prayer. I vote yes on this test! If anyone has any advice for me on Aspergers &/or ASD please help.


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