Comparison of a broad-based screen versus disorder-specific screen in detecting young children with an autism spectrum disorder

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.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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