American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for Autism

More and more cases of Autism are being detected/ diagnosed over last few years; but sadly they are picked up quite late as family physicians are not very aware of or conversant with presenting features of Autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently announced an ambitious program to promote routine screening of all infants for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) as part of 18-month and 24-month well-baby examinations. With a large percentage of these children visiting a family doctor regularly, it is upon the primary level physician, popularly known as the Family Doctor, to screen children for autism.


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