Infant fixing gaze could be early sign of autism.

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If an infant fixes his or her gaze on a particular object for a very long time, it could be an early sign of developing autism, say researchers.

In a study conducted involving two groups of infants, one normal and the other believed to be in the high risk of autism, the team found that when the babies of the high risk group were not engaged by their parent or caretaker, they spent far more time gazing at the toy than the caregiver. According to the study author, this showed a subtle early marker for autism.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which causes difficulties in social interactions, impaired communication skills and unusual thought and behavioral patterns.

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