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J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Apr;48(4):1063-1068. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3355-2.

Brief Report: Agreement Between Parents and Day-Care Professionals on Early Symptoms Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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1
Regional resource centre for autism, ADHD, TouretteĀ“s syndrome and narcolepsy, Division of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. k_larsen@mac.com.
2
Section of Psychosomatics and CL-Child Psychiatry, Department of Clinical Neurosciences for Children, Division of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
3
Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

Abstract

Early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has the potential to elicit effective early intervention, improving children's level of functioning and developmental trajectories as well as reducing parental stress. Multiple sources of information, including several informants may facilitate early identification. This study examined the agreement between parents and day-care professionals on how they retrospectively recall early symptoms associated with ASD. In this study, we found fair to excellent agreement on early symptoms between parents and day-care professionals. The finding indicates that day-care centres may be a supplementary area for early identification of ASD. More research is needed to explore day-care centers possible role in this early identification.

KEYWORDS:

Day-care centers; Early indentification; Parent professional partnership; Parents

PMID:
29086212
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-017-3355-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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