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Babies, Bathwater, and Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Comments on the USPSTF Recommendations for Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening.

TitleBabies, Bathwater, and Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Comments on the USPSTF Recommendations for Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsCoury, DL
JournalJournal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Volume36
Issue9
Pagination661-3
Date Published2015 Nov-Dec
ISSN1536-7312
Abstract

Current guidelines for developmental screening and screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) recommend screening of all children for ASD at ages 18 and 24 months. In a draft recommendation, the United States Preventive Services Task Force finds insufficient evidence to support this practice. Some of the assumptions behind these recommendations fail to consider other benefits of developmental surveillance and screening that ensue from periodic formal screening of all children. Primary care clinicians should err on the side of discovery and advocate for continued formal screening at designated intervals.

DOI10.1097/DBP.0000000000000227
Alternate JournalJ Dev Behav Pediatr
PubMed ID26421531