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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;59(1):89-102, x-xi. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.10.011.

Office screening and early identification of children with autism.

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  • 1University of Kentucky, 740 South Limestone, KY Clinic J-454, Lexington, KY 40536, USA.


Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), also called pervasive developmental disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition, Text Revised), constitute a group of neurodevelopmental disorders that coalesce around a common theme of impairments in social functioning, communication abilities, and repetitive or rigid behaviors. The ASDs considered here include autism/autistic disorder, Asperger disorder/Asperger syndrome (AS), and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. This article focuses on autism/autistic disorder screening and its early identification, with a brief mention for AS screening, as there are limited tools and no recommendation for universal screening for AS.

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