Young eyes may hold clues to autism

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It's called a major leap forward in the diagnosis of autism. Researchers found infants who later developed autism began spending less and less time looking at people's eyes between two and six months of age.

That's compared to babies who didn't develop autism. Those babies actually increased the amount of time spent looking at people's eyes until about 9 months old when it leveled off.

What is it about baby's eyes that seem to predict autism? Dr. John Constantino, director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, joined us live on First @ 4 to explain, and to tell us about his local study tracking baby eye movement.

Click the video player above to hear what he had to say.

For more information, or to enroll in Dr. Constantino's study, please call Teddi Gray at 314-286-0068 or toll free at 1-877-684-9279.


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