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Screening Instruments: Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Michael Reiff, MD, FAAP

michaelreiffWith the current prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) estimated at 1 in 68 children and rising, it is imperative that pediatricians take an active and informed role in identifying children at risk. Despite a great deal of effort regarding early identification, parents generally report initial concerns before their child is 18 months and still the average age of diagnosis remains at about 4-5 years of age. It is important that screening tools used by pediatricians be as evidence based as possible to avoid over- or under-referral for diagnosis.

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