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Local Autism Support Groups
Parents Engaging Autism Quinte (PEAQ), an autism parent support group, meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month (no meetings in January, July and August) at Kerry's Place, 189 Victoria Avenue, Belleville at 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you have questions or suggestions for autism topics that are important to you so that we can invite appropriate autism professionals to speak at these meetings. Next PEAQ meeting is on June 5.
Autism parent support group meeting hosted by Mental Health Agency, Trenton and Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) meeting is on the Second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you have require any further information please contact Marya Peters for more information at 613 392-2811 ext 3953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For info on Community Living Prince Edward County Parent Support group, contact Resource Consultants @ 613 476 6038
Central Hastings Autism Support Group meets in Madoc at the Recreation Centre. Contact Renee O’Hara, Family Resource & Support, 613-966-7413 or Tammy Kavanagh, Family Resource & Support, 613-332-3227
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Eye-tracking for earlier diagnosis of autism
At this time, the assessment for a diagnosis is done by a developmental paediatrician who would observe the child at play and gather information through interview/s with the parents during a three-hour visit. But the signs and symptoms of autism are so wide and varied, hence the "spectrum", that it is possible for a misdiagnosis at times.
With growing awareness for a need for diagnosis as early as possible, researchers are exploring eye-tracking method to assess baby's gaze in labs both in Canada and U.S. A typically developing baby's gaze, they say, tend to look at the mouth and other parts of the human face when someone is speaking to them but children at risk for autism are noted to have a significantly different scanning patterns. Today, it is, at most, an interesting topic to read about for parents waiting in a long line just to see a developmental paediatrician for confirmation of of what they have always suspected - that their child is on the autism spectrum. But those who'd like to read
more on the subject of using eye-tracking method for early diagnosis of autism, here's one of the many links on the subject: http://jp.physoc.org/content/581/3/893.full