Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Screening Practices A Survey of Physicians

This study sought to identify the screening practices of pediatricians and family physicians (FPs) in following the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Results revealed 66 (17%) of the respondents routinely screened for ASD according to AAP guidelines and 162 (41%) respondents screened for ASD but did not follow the guidelines. Pediatricians were more likely to screen for ASD than were family physicians. Respondents’ pre-professional education in ASD was significantly associated with their tendency to routinely screen and be confident identifying warning signs of ASD.

Self, Trisha L., Parham, Douglas F., and Rajogopalan, Jagadeesh. (2015). Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Screening Practices A Survey of Physicians. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 36, 195-107.

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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