Study Suggests Kids Should Be Screened Earlier for Autism
April 30, 2019
By: Michelle Diament
Source: Disability Scoop
New research indicates that autism can be reliably diagnosed in children months before pediatricians conduct routine screening for the developmental disorder.
A study looking at over 1,200 kids finds that an autism diagnosis made by a trained professional is accurate starting shortly after a child’s first birthday.
“Our findings suggest that an ASD diagnosis becomes stable starting at 14 months, and overall is more stable than other diagnoses, such as language or developmental delay,” said Karen Pierce of the University of California, San Diego who led the study.