Practice parameter: screening and diagnosis of autism: report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.

Journal Article

Autism is a common disorder of childhood, affecting 1 in 500 children. Yet, it often remains unrecognized and undiagnosed until or after late preschool age because appropriate tools for routine developmental screening and screening specifically for autism have not been available. Early identification of children with autism and intensive, early intervention during the toddler and preschool years improves outcome for most young children with autism. This practice parameter reviews the available empirical evidence and gives specific recommendations for the identification of children with autism. This approach requires a dual process: 1) routine developmental surveillance and screening specifically for autism to be performed on all children to first identify those at risk for any type of atypical development, and to identify those specifically at risk for autism; and 2) to diagnose and evaluate autism, to differentiate autism from other developmental disorders.

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Cited Authors

  • Filipek, PA; Accardo, PJ; Ashwal, S; Baranek, GT; Cook, EH; Dawson, G; Gordon, B; Gravel, JS; Johnson, CP; Kallen, RJ; Levy, SE; Minshew, NJ; Ozonoff, S; Prizant, BM; Rapin, I; Rogers, SJ; Stone, WL; Teplin, SW; Tuchman, RF; Volkmar, FR

Published Date

  • August 22, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 468 - 479

PubMed ID

  • 10953176

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10953176

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/wnl.55.4.468


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States