Other points of view and further studies
Other researchers feel that these symptoms just may have been missed. Parents and doctors may have been focused on language and not have noticed another factor. Dr. Joseph Piven of the University of North Carolina and his colleagues did a study in 2015 to examine the possible blind areas of this disorder. The study consisted of babies of siblings who had autism and babies with no family history of the condition. They found that by the time they were 6 months of age, there were subtle signs of the presence of autism. The children had sensory and motor signs that are not assessed for through typical screens for the condition. At the end of the study, Dr. Piven's assessment was that “regression is a misnomer”. Dr. Ozonoff found there were social aspects that had been missed as well. Her studies found that there were children who showed signs of social interaction losses long before anyone diagnosed them with autism.