Task Force: Not Enough Evidence To Recommend ‘For Or Against’ Universal Autism Screening For Very Young Kids

(By – Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News)

Sparking strong reaction from doctors and child development experts, an influential task force says there’s “insufficient evidence” to argue definitely that the benefits of screening all young children for autism outweigh the harms.

“There’s not enough evidence for us to recommend for or against screening in children for autism under 30 months,” said David Grossman, vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and a Seattle pediatrician. “Clinicians need to make a judgment on their own about whether to screen. There is no right answer on that.” Read more…

 

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