Simple Well-Baby Checklist Can Identify Children with Autism at First Birthday

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By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com

Researchers with the University of California San Diego have developed a simple checklist that can be administered at the one-year well-baby checkup that has the potential to identify children early who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Early detection and treatment can have a positive impact on the developing brain, notes lead author Karen Pierce PhD, a professor of neuroscience.

Checklist Has 75% Accuracy for Identifying Language or Develomental Delays
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children be formally screened for autism at their 18- and 24-month checkups, whether or not they have symptoms. However, the opportunity to diagnose and begin treatment even earlier – at or around the child’s first birthday – has “enormous potential to change outcomes,” says Dr. Pierce.

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