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Children diagnosed with ASD at younger age after AAP universal screening recommendation

Children diagnosed with ASD at younger age after AAP universal screening recommendation
May 2, 2016

BALTIMORE — Children born before the AAP recommendation for universal infant autism spectrum disorder screening, at 18 and 24 months, were diagnosed significantly later in life than children born after the recommendation, according to research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

“Our research shows that children evaluated before the AAP recommended universal pediatric screening were more likely to be diagnosed at an older age and with more severe autistic symptoms and more impaired adaptive functioning,” Maria Valicenti-McDermott, MD, MS, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore Health System, said in a press release. “This shift has been critical in light of research showing the significant impact early intervention can have for children with ASD.”

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