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J Autism Dev Disord. 1991 Mar;21(1):43-9.

Autism and family home movies: preliminary findings.

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Département de Psychopathologie de l'enfant et de Neurophysiologie du Développement, C.H.R. Bretonneau, Tours, France.


Preliminary analyses of 12 home movies taken by parents before the recognition of autistic disorders of their own child confirm the major value of this method for describing early signs: anomalies of eye contact, deficient variability of emotional expression, defect of attention and initiation of communication, motor abnormalities, etc. The possibilities of subsequently using these documents in a research context are described: behavior assignment with a rating scale, comparative analysis with movies of normal children, blind examination, and scoring by investigators not informed of the diagnosis.

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