Web site shows videos of autistic vs. normal behavior

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Video clips debuting on the Internet could be a guide to parents worried about their children showing signs of autism.

A new Web site offers dozens of video clips of autistic kids contrasted with the behavior of those who are unaffected by it.

The new site is sponsored by two nonprofit advocacy groups: Autism Speaks and First Signs. They hope it will promote early diagnosis and treatment, which can help young children with autism lead more normal lives.

Specialists call it a useful tool for parents and doctors, though the sponsors of the site note that not all children who display unusual behavior are autistic.

One pediatrician cautions the site might lead some parents to needlessly fret, and he says they shouldn't use it to try to diagnose their own kids.

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