Researchers Develop 2-Minute Autism Screening Tool

Via Disability Scoop:

New research suggests that a quick questionnaire may be highly accurate at flagging children for autism. In 88 percent of cases, the so-called Psychological Development Questionnaire, or PDQ-1, correctly identified kids on the spectrum. The results held for children across all socioeconomic backgrounds, according to findings published recently in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The two-minute screening tool asks parents whether their child points, gestures, responds to their name, relates to others and enjoys playing peek-a-boo, among other questions. For the study, parents of 1,959 children ages 18 to 36 months with no known developmental issues were screened using the method during pediatrics visits at clinics in New Jersey. Children who scored low on the questionnaire received more comprehensive developmental evaluations. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism at 18 and 24 months. However, many kids on the spectrum continue to be diagnosed at later ages.

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