Phoenix just got one step closer to becoming the global center for diagnosing autism after an iPhone app called NODA™ opened to the public yesterday-- and no, this has nothing to do with the measles vaccine.
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NODA, for Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment, allows parents to upload videos of their children and communicate with clinical experts to get an accurate autism diagnosis. Getting an in-person diagnostic test is a notoriously challenging and often-lengthy process, particularly for families who live far away from big cities. It's not atypical for it to take months, or even a year, to get an appointment with a specialist. And because early intervention with autism is key to successfully treating or reducing symptoms, waiting is exactly the opposite of what you want to do.More »