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Computer games could help diagnose autism

Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play computer games on smart phones and tablets, according to researchers from the University of Strathclyde.

They used games on an iPad tablet to track the player’s hand movements and used the information to help identify which children might have autism.

Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt, one of the researchers and a senior lecturer in child development at the university in Glasgow, said: “This is potentially a major breakthrough for early identification of autism, because no stressful and expensive tests by clinicians are needed,” he said.

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