The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has teamed up with Lineagen to offer FirstStepDX whole-genome genetic testing to patients participating in CARD’s Innovative Skills program.
“Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., CARD Founder and Executive Director, commented, “We are constantly seeking new opportunities to enhance our services with proven research and guideline supported technology and services. Recent scientific literature and clinical guidelines have recommended genetic testing and counseling for children with ASDs. In selecting a partner in this area, CARD chose Lineagen’s FirstStepDx because it includes the most advanced technology complemented with the personal service similar to that provided by CARD to each patient and family.” Source: CARD
FirstStepDX is an autism and developmental delay-specific genetic test. Genetic testing intrigues me, as I believe that at least in my children’s case genetics are the root of their diagnoses.
While there is no known “autism gene” – and there may never be a single autism gene found – there are some genetic traits that are more frequently found among individuals on the autism spectrum than in the general population. This is where FirstStepDX may come in handy for parents just starting the diagnostic journey.
Although Lineagen is working with CARD to offer the test to certain patients, anyone can order a FirstStepDX kit if they have a doctor that will sign the requisition form. The hardest part about the entire process might be obtaining the cheek swab from an orally sensitive child.
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