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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2009 Jul;18(3):645-63. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2009.02.002.

Autism spectrum disorders in young children.

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Graduate Clinical Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125, USA.

Abstract

Retrospective research studies, videotape analyses of children later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and recent studies on younger siblings of children diagnosed with ASD, at high-risk of ASD, provide evidence of the early signs of ASD in children as young as 12 months. This article provides a review of early identification, diagnostic assessment, and treatment for young children (0-5 years old) with ASD. Several screening tools as well as comprehensive assessment measures are described. The authors also discuss how the family context is affected by the diagnosis, in terms of adaptation to the diagnosis and to treatment. Finally, the authors present a brief review of interventions for young children with ASD.

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19486843
PMCID:
PMC3166636
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10.1016/j.chc.2009.02.002
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