A recent study published in Current Psychiatry Reports reviewed the current literature on neurodevelopmental profiles and autism prevalence among infants at high-risk, with the goal of understanding early development of children with ASD.
Recent evidence revealed that nearly 7% of very preterm infants are later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Early development of this disorder is seen among infants with a familial predisposition. However, similar findings were identified in preterm infants and in those with genetic risk (Tuberous Sclerosis Complex – TSC).
It was inferred that the existing knowledge of early markers of ASD must be extended beyond the familial-risk infants to better understand early development of autism. This will enable the development of customized and prompt interventionstrategies.
Source: Current Psychiatry Reports. 2021 Apr 16; 23(6): 34. doi: 10.1007/s11920-021-01243-x