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Doctors Develop Scale To Detect Mental Disorders

April 15, 1987 1 min read

The cooing and burbling of babies may provide an early indication of problems in mental development, according to researchers at the John Hopkins Medical Institutions who have devised a test based on such noises.

The pediatricians say that their Clinical Linguistic and Auditory Milestone Scale will allow health professionals to detect severe mental retardation in infants as young as 6 months old. The test can also determine whether children as young as 2 years old have moderate developmental problems, they say.

A version of this article appeared in the April 15, 1987 edition of Education Week as Doctors Develop Scale To Detect Mental Disorders