I think most parents and therapists agree that early detection of autism is critical in obtaining positive outcomes for children. In this TEDxPeachtree Talk, Dr. Ami Klin discusses how differences in eye contact can be seen in babies with and without autism as young as six months of age. This could potentially lead to very early intervention for children with autism.
Autism: Disruptions in Early Human Social Adaptation Mechanisms by Dr. Ami Klin
I especially like the end of the talk when Dr. Klin talks about the
strengths that individuals with autism possess and how early identification will
help these individuals succeed.