Tuesday, June 14, 2011

early autism screening: one mom's opinion.

As a parent of a child with autism, I am constantly dismayed at the manner in which autism is reported on in the media. A recent study out of McMaster University published in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests that routine screening for autism in all children is not necessary because the “current tests simply aren’t proven to work”.

When I read that, what I take from it is that the current tests aren’t good enough, and therefore better diagnostic screening tools are required to provide more accurate diagnosis at as early an age as possible.

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3 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:00 AM

    can you make the links direct to your ivillage stuff? your links (this, and bachelorette) take me to general ivillage homepage, and it's hard to find your stuff :(

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  2. Are you in the US? The iVillage Canada site is only available in Canada for now :-(

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  3. Anonymous7:57 PM

    I take serious issue with this publication. Ultimately, it's because of money. They feel that these are wasted resources. I find it interesting that this publication downplays the significance of early intervention. In particular The author loses credibility when he states:
    "These conclusions raise a fundamental question: what do we aim to achieve when we screen for a nonpreventable condition for which there are currently no well- validated intervention strategies?"

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