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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 40, Issue 10, pp 1247–1258 | Cite as

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Flemish Day-Care Centres with the Checklist for Early Signs of Developmental Disorders

  • Mieke DereuEmail author
  • Petra Warreyn
  • Ruth Raymaekers
  • Mieke Meirsschaut
  • Griet Pattyn
  • Inge Schietecatte
  • Herbert Roeyers
Original Paper

Abstract

A new screening instrument for ASD was developed that can be filled out by child care workers: the Checklist for Early Signs of Developmental Disorders (CESDD). The predictive validity of the CESDD was evaluated in a population of 6,808 children between 3 and 39 months attending day-care centres in Flanders. The CESDD had a sensitivity of .80 and a specificity of .94. Based on the screening procedure used in this study, 41 children were diagnosed with ASD or got a working diagnosis of ASD. Thus, including child care workers’ report on signs of ASD in screening procedures can help to identify cases of ASD at a young age.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Screening Early identification Child care Toddlers 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Partial funding for this research was provided by support from Steunpunt Expertisenetwerken and Vlaamse Vereniging Autisme.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mieke Dereu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Petra Warreyn
    • 1
  • Ruth Raymaekers
    • 1
  • Mieke Meirsschaut
    • 1
  • Griet Pattyn
    • 1
  • Inge Schietecatte
    • 1
  • Herbert Roeyers
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group Developmental Disorders, Department of Experimental Clinical and Health PsychologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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