|Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 2, 2010 at 7:16 AM|
I wrote on July 8th that researchers at Oxford University had developed a new method of detecting autism in some cases. Now another set of research called the Language Environment Analysis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy but reported in the Daily Telegraph 19th July, found that it is possible to detect autism by analysing children's voices.
The researchers found that some children with autism pronounce their words differently from non-autistic children. Differences in pronunciation may be picked up by a new vocal anlysis system which can record the child's speech for a day. The data is then fed into a specially produced computer programme which then analyses the noises of the child. Children with autism, the researchers stated, pronounce their syllables differently and this was an important indicator.
The system costs about £130 to operate and is 86% successful in identifying those with the condition.
I said last time that research must continue into the condition. This research is a big step forward. Well done I say, and thanks.