Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Autism Diagnosis Made Quicker With New Online Tool

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have developed a new Web-based process for detecting autism in young children—one that they say can reduce the three hours required for the standard autism-evaluation procedure to mere minutes. The researchers determined that just seven of the 93 questions currently administered by trained clinicians as part of the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised, are sufficient to diagnose autism with nearly 100 percent accuracy. The simplified process would also incorporate the assessment of short home-video clips of children suspected of having autism.

Read more about new autism research in Psychiatric News and in the Textbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders, from American Psychiatric Publishing.
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