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Voice Analysis May Help Diagnose Autism

New research could lead to earlier screenings for children with autism.

The University of Kansas says researchers used vocal analysis technology to study the sounds young children make as they are beginning to talk.

They found the technology helped distinguish young children with autism from typically developing children with language delays.

Professor Steven F. Warren says the technology could help pediatricians screen children for autism to determine they should be referred to a specialist for a full diagnosis. That could lead to children receiving earlier and more effective treatments.

The findings were published this month in the online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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