Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 439-484

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The Screening and Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  • Pauline A. FilipekAffiliated withUniversity of California Email author 
  • , Pasquale J. AccardoAffiliated withDepartments of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine, UCI Medical Center
  • , Grace T. BaranekAffiliated withNew York Medical College
  • , Edwin H. CookJr.Affiliated withUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • , Geraldine DawsonAffiliated withUniversity of Chicago
  • , Barry GordonAffiliated with
  • , Judith S. GravelAffiliated withJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • , Chris P. JohnsonAffiliated withAlbert Einstein College of Medicine
  • , Ronald J. KallenAffiliated withUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • , Susan E. LevyAffiliated withUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    • , Nancy J. MinshewAffiliated withUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    • , Barry M. PrizantAffiliated withUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • , Isabelle RapinAffiliated withJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • , Sally J. Rogers
    • , Wendy L. StoneAffiliated withVanderbilt University Medical Center
    • , Stuart TeplinAffiliated withNew York Medical College
    • , Roberto F. TuchmanAffiliated withUniversity of Miami School of Medicine
    • , Fred R. VolkmarAffiliated withYale University

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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 autism dual-level approach