Autism: Awareness, Acceptance, Action

By: Lani Hessen, Director of Advocacy, Cognoa, and Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) Autism impacts an estimated 1 in 54 children in the U.S. today. Autism is a spectrum, representing a tremendous range of skills and challenges spanning learning and communication, socialization and developmental behaviors.  Autism impacts children and families of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, location, or wealth. As…

Multi-modular AI Approach to Streamline Autism Diagnosis in Young Children

Halim Abbas, Ford Garberson, Stuart Liu-Mayo, Eric Glover & Dennis P. Wall  Scientific Reports volume 10, Article number: 5014 (2020) Cite this article 2 Altmetric | Metricsdetails Abstract Autism has become a pressing healthcare challenge. The instruments used to aid diagnosis are time and labor expensive and require trained clinicians to administer, leading to long wait times for at-risk children. We present a multi-modular, machine learning-based assessment of autism comprising three complementary modules…

ASD symptoms in toddlers and preschoolers: An examination of sex differences

Rosmary Ros‐Demarize, Catherine Bradley, Stephen M. Kanne, Zachary Warren, Andrea Boan, Clara Lajonchere, Justine Park, Laura Arnstein Carpenter Abstract Although considerable work has documented higher prevalence rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys, fewer studies have focused on sex differences within samples of young children at‐risk for ASD. This study examined sex differences in ASD symptom domains and ASD screening outcomes…

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Digital Therapeutics in Pediatric Behavioral Health — A unique opportunity to improve the standard of care and lifelong outcomes.

By Brent Vaughan, CEO and Co-Founder, Cognoa. We are experiencing a mental health crisis:one person in every four in the world will develop one or more behavioral conditions during their lifetime. Today in the U.S., one in five children have a diagnosable behavioral health disorder and only 21% of those children receive needed treatment. Read full article here.

In-Home Speech and Language Screening for Young Children: A Proof-of-Concept Study Using Interactive Mobile Storytime

Du Y1,2, Abbas H2, Taraman S1,2,3, Segar S2, Bischoff N2. Author information 1University of California, Irvine, CA, USA.2Cognoa Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA.3Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA, USA. Abstract Early identification and intervention of speech and language delays in children contribute to better communication and literacy skills for school readiness and are protective against behavioral and mental health problems. Through collaboration between…

When Are We Sure? Predictors of Clinician Certainty in the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Abstract Differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is challenging, and uncertainty regarding a child’s diagnosis may result in under-identification or prolonged diagnostic pathways. The current study examined diagnostic certainty, or how sure clinicians were that their diagnosis was accurate, among 478 toddler and preschool-aged children referred for possible ASD to academic medical specialty…

Effect of Wearable Digital Intervention for Improving Socialization in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial

JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(5):446-454. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0285 Catalin Voss, MS1; Jessey Schwartz, BA2; Jena Daniels, BS2; et al Abstract Importance  Autism behavioral therapy is effective but expensive and difficult to access. While mobile technology–based therapy can alleviate wait-lists and scale for increasing demand, few clinical trials exist to support its use for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) care. Objective  To evaluate the efficacy of Superpower Glass, an artificial intelligence–driven wearable behavioral intervention for improving social outcomes…