A recent study has found that Autism early detection is possible in preschool, and childcare providers are willing participants.
Researchers in New Jersey contacted Head Start programs and other licensed child care providers. 90 percent of the children were screened by the child care providers with the consent of their parents. They used questionaires about child behaviors.
The questionnaires asked about whether the child responds to his or her name, looks people in the eye, or participates in pretend play. The forms did not require special training.
The results show that child care workers are an important part of the diagnostics for children who may otherwise not receive early Intervention services.