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Health Agencies Update
February 26, 2014

More Accurate Autism Screening

JAMA. 2014;311(8):791. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1340

An updated screening tool for autism may help pediatricians more accurately identify an increased risk of the disorder in children as young as 2 years, according to research funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

The researchers revised an earlier version of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers by rewriting some questions and providing examples. Then they tested the tool by having pediatricians in Atlanta and Connecticut use it to screen more than 16 000 toddlers aged 18 to 24 months during well-child visits.