Researchers at the Universityof Manchester in England have discovered that “video feedback”, in which parents observe their own interactions with their baby might help to potentially prevent the infants from developing the disorder, a new study has suggested. According to the study, video based therapy-involving families who have babies at high risk levels of ASD could possibly decrease the likelihood of their children developing Autism in their later life.
Scientists have also discovered that the video-based therapy has significantly improved the infants’ engagement, attention span and social behaviour performance. People who are diagnosed with Autism, have varying levels of impairment across three levels: social interaction and understanding, repetitive behaviour and interests, and language and communication. Jonathan Green, a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University, said,
“Children with autism typically receive treatment beginning at three to four years old. But our findings suggest that targeting the earliest risk markers of autism – such as lack of attention or reduced social interest or engagement – during the first year of life may lessen the development of these symptoms later on.”
After five months of receiving the video therapy treatment, families under investigation began to show increased signs of improvement both in infant and social engagement. Although the findings from this study are encouraging, researchers have reaffirmed the use of caution due to the limited number of participants that took part in this investigation, meaning that larger studies will be necessary before researchers can announce definite conclusions about the therapy’s effect on reducing autism symptoms.Professor Green said,
“The results suggest that the video-based therapy we tested may have a moderate effect on reducing some children’s risk of autism, although larger studies will be needed to confirm this.”
Contributed by Thomas Hewitt