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08 November 2019

Standard screen misses majority of toddlers with autism

This article discusses the effectiveness of the most widely used screening tool for autism. The tool was found to miss more than 60 percent of children with autism, while the vast majority of children the screen does flag turn out not to have autism, but most have a related condition instead. Children with autism who screen positive as toddlers are diagnosed more than seven months earlier, on average, than those who are missed.