Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 439–484

The Screening and Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders


    • University of California
  • Pasquale J. Accardo
    • Departments of Pediatrics and NeurologyUniversity of California, Irvine, College of Medicine, UCI Medical Center
  • Grace T. Baranek
    • New York Medical College
  • Edwin H. CookJr.
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Geraldine Dawson
    • University of Chicago
  • Barry Gordon
  • Judith S. Gravel
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Chris P. Johnson
    • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Ronald J. Kallen
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Susan E. Levy
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Nancy J. Minshew
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Barry M. Prizant
    • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Isabelle Rapin
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Sally J. Rogers
  • Wendy L. Stone
    • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Stuart Teplin
    • New York Medical College
  • Roberto F. Tuchman
    • University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Fred R. Volkmar
    • Yale University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021943802493

Cite this article as:
Filipek, P.A., Accardo, P.J., Baranek, G.T. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (1999) 29: 439. doi:10.1023/A:1021943802493


The Child Neurology Society and American Academy of Neurology recently proposed to formulate Practice Parameters for the Diagnosis and Evaluation of Autism for their memberships. This endeavor was expanded to include representatives from nine professional organizations and four parent organizations, with liaisons from the National Institutes of Health. This document was written by this multidisciplinary Consensus Panel after systematic analysis of over 2,500 relevant scientific articles in the literature. The Panel concluded that appropriate diagnosis of autism requires a dual-level approach: (a) routine developmental surveillance, and (b) diagnosis and evaluation of autism. Specific detailed recommendations for each level have been established in this document, which are intended to improve the rate of early suspicion and diagnosis of, and therefore early intervention for, autism.

Practice parameters diagnosis and evaluation of autismdual-level approach
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