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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;59(1):103-11, xi. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.10.018.

Diagnostic evaluation of autism spectrum disorders.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605, USA. mah2046@med.cornell.edu


Research on the identification and evaluation of autism spectrum disorders is reviewed, and best practices for clinical work are discussed. The latest research on diagnostic tools, and their recommended use, is also reviewed. Recommendations include the use of instruments designed to assess multiple domains of functioning and behavior, the inclusion of parents and caregivers as active partners, and the consideration of developmental factors throughout the diagnostic process.

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