Study hopes to identify autism before symptoms appear

Study hopes to identify autism before symptoms appear

Source: KING 5 News

The signs were apparent even before Miles turned two. The Di Bonas thought that it was hearing loss. It wasn't. It was autism. Fortunately Miles was diagnosed earlier than most, so he could benefit from early intervention. Still. treatment remains a guessing game. "We don't have again any clear biological markers that say, oh Joey you need this type of treatment and Billy you need this type of treatment. We don't have anything like that yet," said Dr. Raphael Bernier, director of Seattle Children's Autism Center.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research. Join Seattle Children’s bold initiative – It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s – to transform children’s health for generations to come.

For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our On the Pulse blog.