Autism Spectrum Disorders

This article explores current diagnostic criteria and prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders. Recommendations for screening, including early warning signs, and best practices for diagnosis are discussed. The authors assert that it is important for primary care professionals to be familiar with this information as it is quite likely that they will see a patient with autism in a local clinic.

The article also features:

  • Recommendations for screening, including early warning signs, and best practices for diagnosis are discussed.
  • Comprehensive evidence based intervention for ASD as well as the findings of the National Standards Project are reviewed.
  • Medication management is also described, as are the roles of other treating professionals.

Reference
Manning-Courtney, P., Murray, D., et al (2013) Autism Spectrum Disorders. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 2-11, DOI: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2012.08.001