Scientists suggest a simple brain trace can identify autism in children as young as two

Researchers found 33 EEG patterns linked to autism

A US team at Boston Children's Hospital say EEG traces could offer a diagnostic test for this complex condition. EEG clearly distinguished children with autism from other peers in a trial involving nearly 1,000 children. Experts say more work is needed to confirm the BMC Medicine study results.

The latest study found 33 specific EEG patterns that appeared to be linked to autism. These patterns consistently spotted autism in children across a range of age groups, spanning from two to 12 years old. The researchers repeated their analysis 10 times, splitting up their study group (children with a medical diagnosis of autism and children with no signs of autism) in different ways. The result was that around 90% of the time, the EEG patterns could correctly detect the children diagnosed with autism.