Testing for developmental delay through an app? An interview with Dr. Clara Lajonchere

Interview conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab) Please can you give a brief overview of Cognoa and how it allows parents to track their child’s development? Cognoa’s app helps every parent find out if their child’s development is on track and, if not, get their child the right help as early as possible. The effectiveness of early intervention has been demonstrated in numerous studies, but many parents lose the most valuable time while waiting up to two years for a diagnosis. With Cognoa, a parent answers simple questions and uploads two short videos of their child’s behavior; Cognoa’s app then determines whether the child is at risk for developmental delay or autism using machine learning algorithms developed at Harvard and Stanford Medical Schools. Cognoa provides a personalized report…


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