Screening for ASD in Toddlers: An Update on Recommendations and Practices Significant progress has been made in regards to early identification and early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, a substantial gap typically appears between the time that symptoms begin to present and the average age of diagnosis. Therefore, it remains critical that clinicians and researchers focus ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2017
Screening for ASD in Toddlers: An Update on Recommendations and Practices
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  • Lauren Swineford
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Early Identification & Intervention / Part 1
Article   |   February 01, 2017
Screening for ASD in Toddlers: An Update on Recommendations and Practices
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 5-10. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.5
History: Received July 29, 2016 , Revised November 1, 2016 , Accepted November 13, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 5-10. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.5
History: Received July 29, 2016; Revised November 1, 2016; Accepted November 13, 2016

Significant progress has been made in regards to early identification and early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, a substantial gap typically appears between the time that symptoms begin to present and the average age of diagnosis. Therefore, it remains critical that clinicians and researchers focus their attention on improving early screening and diagnostic practices to allow children to access appropriate ASD-specific intervention as early as possible. However, the United States Preventative Services Task Force recently provided recommendations regarding routine developmental surveillance that have sparked a heated debate among advocates, families, health care professionals, and researchers within the autism community. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play an essential role in process of screening for and early identification of ASD. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to provide SLPs with an overview of the current recommendations and best practices related to screening for ASD.

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