The goals of our study were to (a) compare agreement between autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and outcome of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers and Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status in a sample of toddlers and (b) examine specific concerns noted for toddlers who screened negative on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers or Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status but were later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The authors reported findings that support universal autism spectrum disorder–specific screening in addition to general developmental screening and offer considerations to encourage early identification of toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.
Wiggins, Lisa D., Piazza, Vivian, and Robins, Diana L. (2014). Comparison of a broad-based screen versus disorder-specific screen in detecting young children with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 18, 76-84.