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Response to the USPSTF Recommendations on Screening

This week the US Preventive Services Task Force affirmed their recommendations regarding routine screening for autism in young children – that there is insufficient information on which to make a clear recommendation. The recommendation can be found using the following link: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/autism-spectrum-disorder-in-young-children-screening?ds=1&s=autism.

Several groups have issued responses to this recommendation including Autism Speaks and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read Autism Speaks’ response, by Paul Wang, senior Vice President of Medical Research, here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2016/02/17/keeping-%E2%80%9Cgrade-a%E2%80%9D-universal-early-screening-autism. The AAP’s statement can be found using the following link: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/autism-spectrum-disorder-in-young-children-screening?ds=1&s=autism.

Another response, published by CBS News, reports the family perspective: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/autism-diagnosis-screening-earlier-is-better/.