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Pediatric Healthcare Professionals’ Views on Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening at 12–18 Months
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Elizabeth R. Crais, University of North Carolina
  • Cara S. McComish, University of North Carolina
  • Betsy Humphreys, University of New Hampshire
  • Linda R. Watson, University of North Carolina
  • Grace T. Baranek, University of North Carolina
  • J. Steven Reznick, University of North Carolina
  • Rob. B. Christian, University of North Carolina
  • Marian Earls, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine
Abstract

This study explored North Carolina pediatric healthcare professional’s (PHP) perceptions of screening 12–18 month old infants for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Eight focus groups (66 PHPs) were conducted across practice settings. The purpose was to explore PHP’s perspectives to: inform development of ASD screening tools and ultimately impact their use in PHP settings. PHPs reported concerns, barriers, and the need for research to support early ASD screening. Additionally, they expressed the need for: (a) clear “red flags” of ASD for 12–18 month olds; (b) socioculturally sensitive and effective screening tools; (c) effective early interventions; (d) systems to handle potential increases in referrals; and (e) continuing education. PHPs also demonstrated preferences about screening tool characteristics and processes for enhancing screening efforts.

Publication Date
9-1-2014
Publisher
Springer
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
10.1007/s10803-014-2101-2
Document Type
Article
Citation Information
Crais, E. R., McComish, C. S., Humphreys, B. P., Watson, L. R., Baranek, G. T., Reznick, J. S., … Earls, M. (2014). Pediatric Healthcare Professionals’ Views on Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening at 12–18 Months. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(9), 2311–2328. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2101-2