Autism Screening App Released Amid Hopes of Faster Diagnosis

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To empower parents and clinicians with reliable tools for autism screening, WebTeam Corporation, with expert guidance from Dr Michael Lewis, M.D., has come out with a screening app that will help parents and pediatricians know whether or not an infant is likely to get affected by autism.


Autism screening expected to be faster with ANDDS

The apps that we have developed, including our screening app, are based upon latest and most comprehensive experimental and clinical research that are taking place in our own institute as well as elsewhere.

WebTeam Corporation has always strived to put its best foot forward when it comes to introducing innovation in special needs education. This time the company has invested its time and expertise to develop an autism diagnosis app touted as Autism N Developmental Disorder Screening (ANDDS).

Signs of autism or other common developmental delays can appear as early as when a baby is 6-month old. The ANDDS app is designed to periodically evaluate a child’s progress at ages of 8, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 36 months. By answering a set of specific questions that are assigned to each age slab, parents can test their child’s progress and determine if he/she is at risk of developing autism. The app may also be a helpful tool for pediatricians or clinicians looking to have a centralized mechanism for screening and research.

"ANDDS is simple to use. The test includes a series of Yes/No questions. These questions are framed by experts involved in autism and developmental disorder care and research. This makes the result as close to reality as possible. The final result is shown as one of the three different bands – Green, Yellow and Red. Green band signals the child is on target with the development. Yellow band tells parents to be more watchful whereas Red band recommends consulting the child’s doctor,” said Jalpa Parekh, chief developer of ANDDS.

“Chances are slim that developmentally delayed children will overcome their problems if left unattended. This is why it is important to understand that these kids need help as soon as possible. The ANDDS app does provide a trustworthy screening tool, allowing parents to be proactive in seeking necessary treatments for autism,” said Sayantan Dutta, member of the iLearnNEarn apps team.

"We have a shortage of specialists in the country, which is why it takes about six months for parents to determine whether or not their child has autism or similar developmental delays. But it is too long a window of time to wait. An app like ANDDS could be a brilliant tool to expedite autism diagnosis and initiate proper treatment," Dutta added.

"The apps that we have developed, including our screening app, are based upon latest and most comprehensive experimental and clinical research that are taking place in our own institute as well as elsewhere. This app we present for parents usage is designed to tap the latest information in terms of children on ASD. A challenge is to find behaviors as early as possible, which can help us attend our children in problem," noted Dr Michael Lewis.

About WebTeam Corporation

Located in Somerset, NJ, WebTeam Corporation serves a number of key industries, including education, healthcare and information technology. WTC ventured into special needs education in 2007 when four children aged 7-13 started working on a summer assignment that later came to be known as S.H.A.N.E.S.H. Since then the journey of WTC has been an eventful one. The kiosk-based Colors Program was pilot run in a few schools in New Jersey and New York. WTC has also partnered with local schools and professional bodies, including Easter Seals New York, Eden Autism Services and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

About Dr Lewis

Dr Lewis is a University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

He also is the Professor of Psychology, Education, Cognitive Science, and Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University.

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