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Physicians Group Urges Early Autism Screening

November 01, 2007

The American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, is urging early screening for autism spectrum disorders, or ASDs, for all children. The group, currently holding its annual meeting in San Francisco, released two new clinical reports on Monday, Oct. 29. The co-authors of the reports, Dr. Chris Johnson, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Dr. Scott Myers, neurodevelopmental pediatrician at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital/Geisinger Medical Center, discussed the reports in a press briefing. At the briefing, they were joined by Andy Shih, vice president of scientific affairs for Autism Speaks. The first

View highlights from an AAP press briefing in San Francisco
YouTube Video ~ 3 minutes. Plus, click here for a preview of the AAP's Screening Tool Kit for Pediatricians, and here for remarks by Andy Shih of Autism Speaks.

report, "Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders," calls for early screening and provides information on signs and symptoms to help pediatricians recognize ASDs in patients. The second, "Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders," emphasizes early intervention and reviews treatments and educational strategies for children with ASDs. The reports are available on the AAP's web site,

Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF)
Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF)

Plus, read a press release from the AAP and news coverage from CNN and the Associated Press.