The recommendations, the first overhaul in 12 years, come from a scientific working group in consultation with clinicians and family groups.
This emphasis on early treatment is one of the report’s “exciting and important” elements, says Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University, who was not involved in creating the report.
The recommendations for identifying autistic children remain the same: Conduct regular surveillance for autism traits during routine checkups and perform formal screenings at 18 and 24 months of age. The report suggests that pediatricians should also develop better screens to improve early diagnosis among minority populations and those whose first language is not English.
The recommendations do not call for drastic changes overall, but they are welcome, Broder-Fingert says.
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