Screening young children for autism spectrum disorders in primary practice

J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Jun;42(6):1165-74. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1343-5.


The increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorders as well as emerging evidence of the efficacy of early intervention has focused attention on the need for early identification of young children suspected of having an ASSD. Several studies have suggested that while parents report concerns early in development, it may be months before children can be evaluated and services provided, and these delays may be even more marked in under-served populations. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended universal screening for autism spectrum disorders at the 18- and 24-month well-child pediatric visit. The authors review several early screening tools currently in use and offer recommendations for integrating autism specific screening into primary care practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Early Medical Intervention
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mass Screening
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*