A new study has found that video-based therapy for families with babies at
risk of autism improves infants' engagement, attention and social behavior, and
might reduce their risk chances of developing the condition.
Researchers said they showed that using video feedback-based therapy to help
parents understand and respond to their baby's early communication style might
help modify emerging autism symptoms.
Jonathan Green, a Manchester University professor of child and adolescent
psychiatry, who led the study, said that, "Targeting the earliest risk
markers of autism, such as lack of attention or reduced social interest or
engagement, during the first year of life may lessen the development of these
People with autism have varying levels of impairment across three areas:
social interaction and understanding, repetitive behavior and interests, and
language and communication.
The exact causes of the neurodevelopmental disorder are not known, but
evidence shows they are likely to include a range of genetic and environmental
As many as one in 50 school-age children in the United States are diagnosed
with autism, although some of these will be milder cases. In Europe, the rate
is around one in 100 children.
In this study, a specially adapted Video Interaction for Promoting Positive
Parenting Programme (iBASIS-VIPP) was delivered to babies aged seven to 10
months who had a higher risk of autism because they had an autistic older
The families who received video therapy showed improvements in infant
engagement, attention and social behavior, suggesting the therapy may be able
to modify the emergence of autism-related symptoms, the researchers said.