Study: 10-Minute Office Visit Not Long Enough To Assess Toddlers For Autism.

Medscape (5/16, Harrison) reports, “A 10-minute office visit is not long enough to accurately assess toddlers with early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because they often display largely typical behaviors during such brief visits and the diagnosis is easy to miss,” according to a study presented at the 12th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research. After working with three groups of youngsters ranging in age from 15 to 33 months, researcher Terisa Gabrielsen, PhD, Center for Autism Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said, “Our findings indicated that within a brief 10-minute window…toddlers with early signs of ASD do show some atypical behaviors, but the vast majority of their behavior was rated as pretty typical.”

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