The Journal of Early Intervention published research on identifying early predictors prior to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at 4 years of age. Data was analyzed on 100 children comparing children with ASD to children with other disabilities and children who were typically developing.
The results indicated the following:
1. limited unique characteristics (e.g., self-regulation and sleep patterns) at the 9-month time point were identified.
2. a majority of the differences in communication and language, mental/cognitive function, motor function, social interaction, and self-regulation were identified at the 2-year time point.
Reference: Jeans LM et al. Early Predictors of ASD in Young Children Using a Nationally Representative Data Set. Published online before print February 19, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1053815114523319 Journal of Early Intervention December 2013 vol. 35 no. 4 303-331