By Kathy Zucker • Thursday, November 7, 2013
Seven years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, I was approached by the head of an infant cognition study department. She asked, “Do you or your husband have any family history of autism?” When I replied in the negative, she followed up with, “Would you like to take part in a study to help diagnose autism as early as possible?” Of course, I said yes.
For the next two years, I took my kids with me to Newark frequently to participate in testing. What was involved? Completing a lengthy questionnaire detailing family medical history and the circumstances of pregnancy and birth, having the kids wear eye trackers as they watched television to see what their eyes followed, taking an assessment test and finally, undergoing brain scanning. We did not receive compensation for our participation.
Here is a pic of my daughter having her brain scanned.
— Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) November 7, 2013
The results of the study were published yesterday, click here to read about them at the New York Times. The research has been called “a major leap forward.”
Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on Youtube.