The Italian Network for Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Research Activities and National Policies

Psychiatr Danub. 2021 Dec;33(Suppl 11):65-68.


Background: Well-structured monitoring system is crucial to identify interventions for children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD).

Subjects and methods: The NIDA Network enrolled more than 760 at risk for NDD and typically developing infants to detect early signs of NDD.

Results: The NIDA Network was born in some Italian regions to engage clinical centers in a research project. It is increasingly turning out to be a national monitoring project well integrated in the Italian National Health System policies.

Conclusions: The NIDA Network activities are finalized at diagnosis and interventions to improve quality of life of children with NDD and their families.

MeSH terms

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder* / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders*
  • Policy
  • Quality of Life
  • Research