A recent review by a panel of U.S. health experts has found that universal autism screening need more research, and they need more evidence to support such screening in young children who do not show any developmental problems. This is contrary to recommendations from other medical groups.

Universal Autism Screening Needs More ResearchThis is the first time that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has reviewed autism screening. The Task Force is a government backed independent panel that makes recommendations whether to adopt screening procedures for various medical and developmental conditions.

Approximately one in 68 children in the United States has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  Other professional groups promote some screening for autism spectrum disorders during early childhood, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. (AAP)

Vice chairman of the task force Dr David Grossman said it was important to understand the true meaning of their recommendation. “We want to make sure this recommendation is not misunderstood,” he said. “Children who are exhibiting signs and symptoms should be referred and tested.”

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