The study, undertaken by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute, observed the developmental progress of seven infants, between the ages of 6 months and 15 months old, who showed early signs of autism spectrum disorder. As part of the study, the infants received a treatment program known as Infant Start over a six-month period engagement. For six of the seven infants, all signs of developmental delay had been erased by age three.
Infant Start is an intervention program implemented by the infant's parents. The program trains and empower parents to train their infants' to focus attention on facial cues and voices. Infant Start is designed to help infants hone their interest in and understanding of social interactions.