Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Clinic Notes: New Autism Screening Recommendations

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all children be screened for autism at 18 months of age and again at 24 months. No doubt early interventions by Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, ABA Therapists, and other professionals will better lives for children with autism. At least that's the theory. But I'm worried about logistics. I already have a full clinic schedule and waiting lists of children that I can't get to or refer anyplace. If we are serious about treating all the children diagnosed then we are going to have to mobilize more financial and manpower resources then we have now.

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