The January 2007 issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, dedicated to the “The Very Early Autism Phenotype,” includes 14 scientific manuscripts that describe ongoing research examining early signs of children later diagnosed with autism , and prospective studies on “at risk” infant siblings of children with autism. The research works to identify and ascertain early signs and behavioral impairments with the goal of identifying autism at the youngest age to make early intervention possible and effective.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to facilitating global research into the causes, treatments and prevention of autism by:
• Promoting cross-disciplinary cooperation
• Funding research
• Organizing research summit meetings
• Establishing standards for data collection and management to benefit the scientific community