The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has developed a questionnaire that parents can fill out to screen children as young as one year old for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The university partnered with pediatricians in San Diego County. The doctors asked parents to fill out the questionnaire at their child’s 12 month well baby check-up to screen for language and other developmental delays.
Autism Spectrum Disorders include Autism Disorder which is considered classic autism, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) which is considered atypical autism. These disorders are characterized as developmental disabilities which impair a person’s ability to communicate and interact socially. The severity of the impairment varies significantly from person to person.
One out of every 100 children in the United States is diagnosed with an ASD. The average patient is not diagnosed until around the age of five even though symptoms are present much earlier in childhood. Studies have shown that early intervention can greatly improve the severity of symptoms, leading to better development of communication and social skills in the long term. Read more →