St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center is recruiting infants between the ages of six and 12 months for a study focusing on early detection of autism spectrum disorders.

Children eligible for the study at The Knights of Columbus Development Center at Cardinal Glennon will receive a full developmental assessment and genetic screening. Parents may also choose to have the children monitored for early signs of autism up to 36 months of age.

To qualify for the study, the infants must have biological siblings diagnosed with ASD.

Children found at increased risk will receive evaluation for early intervention services. If any red flags arise during the initial assessment, the children will be given a new gender-specific, genetic screening test (ARisk). The ARisk test looks at 65 genetic markers associated with autism to predict the risk that infant siblings of children with ASD will also develop the condition.

The ARISk screening test is also available to children too old to qualify for the study, which may be given by private pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, child neurologists and autism clinicians.

To enroll a child in the study, contact Waseem Baig, a research assistant at the Knights of Columbus Development Center, at MirzaWaseem_Baig@ssmhv.comor at 314-577-5609.

For more information about the ARISk test, visit

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