Navigation Links
Autism Speaks study finds advances towards universal early screening
Date:1/28/2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 29, 2014) A new study from researchers at Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, shows improvement towards universal early screening for autism. The report, published online today in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, also found that few approaches to early detection, such as screening during well-child visits, were evaluated to understand their impact on early diagnosis and access to services.

The study, which identified and examined 40 previously published studies on programs for early detection of ASD and 35 various approaches, found the need for a multipronged approach in assessing children for autism in order to increase early detection. These findings raise concerns about whether current methods are enough to reduce the average age of autism diagnosis and increase access to high-quality early intervention. Early intervention is crucial for enhancing the development of communication, learning and social skills in children with autism.

"The good news is that we found universal screening for autism risk to be feasible and practical," says lead author Amy Daniels, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research. "We also see that it seems to work best in the context of a toddler's well-child visits to a pediatrician or family doctor."

However, screening a child for autism is just the first step towards a full diagnostic evaluation and enrollment in early intervention services, Dr. Daniels notes. "We found a considerable lack of follow up on what happens to children who score at high risk for developing autism," she says.

Autism Speaks' researchers found that a limited amount of early-screening studies documented whether children assessed as being "at high risk" of having autism went on to receive a full diagnostic evaluation and appropriate services. As a result, more research is needed to determine whether early screening reduced the time from diagnosis to early intervention. In addition, the few studies that did follow children who were screened at-risk for autism suggested that some were not receiving follow-up care. In some cases, children found to be at-risk for ASD were not being referred by their pediatrician to an autism specialist for a full evaluation.

"We need to know why," Dr. Daniels says. "Are pediatricians advising parents to take a wait-and-see approach? If so, that's a concern because the sooner children get treatment the better their outcomes."

Other potential barriers to early intervention include community shortages of specialists who can perform diagnostic evaluations and of appropriate therapy programs available.

"Early screening is an important first step," says Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring. "But without timely diagnostic follow through, this isn't enough to ensure that families are getting access to the quality intervention programs they want. Autism Speaks' researchers are working for families in this area by helping to understand the causes of these disconnects in order to avoid them in the future. At the same time, we are redoubling our awareness and advocacy efforts to build service capacity in communities, states and nationwide. Our government representatives and public health agencies need to work with us to meet head on the needs of families with recently diagnosed children."

While autism can be reliably identified in children as young as 24 months, the average age of diagnosis and early intervention remains stubbornly above 4 years of age in the United States. Autism Speaks is dedicated to improving access to quality early intervention services because research consistently shows that earlier intervention can greatly improve outcomes and quality of life across the lifespan.


'/>"/>

Contact: Steffanie Marchese
steffanie.marchese@autismspeaks.org
646-385-8537
Autism Speaks
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. An Early Start for Your Child with Autism
2. IntegraGen launches ARISk test, a genetic screening tool for autism in high-risk children
3. Researchers Find Gene Mutations That May Be a Key to Autism
4. Pregnancy Length May Influence Severity of Autism
5. Children Born to Obese Moms May Face Higher Autism Risk: Study
6. Online Tool Could Diagnose Autism Quickly, Developers Say
7. Autism by the numbers: Yale researchers examine impact of new diagnostic criteria
8. In Mice, Drug Reverses Symptoms of Condition Linked to Autism
9. Study of half siblings provides genetic clues to autism
10. Genes Associated With Autism Also Related to Schizophrenia
11. Publication Bias Casts Doubt on Value of Antidepressants for Autism
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Autism Speaks study finds advances towards universal early screening
(Date:2/9/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 , ... On January ... family scheduled an appointment after they noticed their furnace not producing any heat. Shortly ... heat exchanger. The cracked heat exchanger was leaking dangerous levels of carbon monoxide into ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... ... METTLER TOLEDO has published a new guide entitled “Essential ... the techniques they use so they can more easily spot potential error sources ... to create a leaner overall lab experience. , The new guide offers ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... ... i2i Systems, an early innovator and developer of population health management technology, ... report, Population Health Management 2015: How Far Can Your Vendor Take You? , ... The latest KLAS Report, leveraging over 200 user interviews, shines a light on ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... Nutrition into the Food & Beverage and Dietary Supplement ... partner throughout Canada and USA geographies east of the Rocky Mountains since 2012. ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Brenton ... for pouches, bags, and flow wrapped products at WestPack 2015, February 9-11, in ... manufacturers step up to semi-automatic or fully-automatic case packing with a small footprint, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... N.J. , Feb. 9, 2016  Bluestar Silicones ... (LSR) product line for long-term implant applications and ... Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference (Booth ... --> --> ... Silbione® Biomedical LSRs offer outstanding physical properties enabling ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb.8, 2016 Respiratory Devices - ... GlobalData,s Medical Devices sector report, " Respiratory Devices ... an overview of Respiratory Devices currently in pipeline ... the pipeline products with comparative analysis of the ... reviews major players involved in the pipeline product ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016 CBG Technologies, ... PW Series Solvent Recycling Systems, specifically designed for ... integration with new and existing vapor degreasers, parts ... consistently-fresh solvent through continuous recycling and recovers 100% ... --> --> Precision parts manufacturers ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: