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Autism research chief questions claims of early diagnosis test

Andrew Whitehouse, one of Australia’s leading autism researchers, has disputed claims by US researchers that a 30-second test could help diagnose the condition in infants.

Whitehouse, who led the development of national guidelines for assessment and diagnosis of autism, is chief research officer with the Autism Cooperative Research Centre.He was commenting on media reports of a US study that claims a 30-second “pull-to-sit” test can help parents and doctors assess whether a child is at risk of developing autism.

“We diagnose autism-based behavioural observations and that can sometimes be a time-consuming process,” he said in an interview with a Melbourne television news programme.

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