Healthy Living: Early Autism Screenings

A new study from the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center may change the paradigm of diagnosis.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests kids be first screened for autism at 18 months.

The study started screening kids at their year well baby checkup, six months earlier than recommended.

In Healthy Living, see how that’s resulted in diagnoses and treatment years earlier.

The study ended in June, but the early screenings and diagnoses will continue thanks to funding from Arizona Complete Health.

Christopher Smith is working to expand use of the standardized questionnaire and to train more pediatricians and diagnosticians, so families don’t have to wait so long for diagnosis and intervention.

He says early intervention is the single best way to help kids with autism reach their potential.

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