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Prim Care. 2007 Jun;34(2):343-59; abstract viii.

Autism spectrum disorders in early childhood: an overview for practicing physicians.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5439, USA.


Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect approximately 1 in 166 children in the United States, making it likely for the average physician to encounter patients with ASDs in his or her practice. In particular, pediatricians and developmental neurologists play a critical role in early identification, resource referrals, and management of a variety of comorbid physical and medical concerns. This article reviews the current literature on ASDs and provides recommendations for practice in areas critical to the provision of medical services.

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