Study Suggests Kids Should be Screened Earlier for Autism

Study Suggests Kids Should be Screened Earlier for Autism

Study Suggests Kids Should be Screened Earlier for Autism 544 417 Dave Zambotti

April 30, 2019

New research indicates that autism can be reliably diagnosed in children months before pediatricians conduct routine screening for the developmental disorder. The findings suggest that an ASD diagnosis becomes stable starting at 14 months.

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