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ATN medical director counters equivocation on early screening for autism

Pediatrician Dan Coury comments on why faulting evidence for routine early screening for autism is like “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”
October 02, 2015

This week in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, pediatrician Dan Coury takes issue with the recent equivocation on universal autism screening by the US Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Coury is the medical director of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

The Preventive Services Task Force is now considering public comment to its controversial draft recommendations before issuing a final statement on whether scientific evidence backs universal screening for autism at 18 and 24 months.

Such screening is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Read Dr. Coury’s full commentary – “Babies, Bathwater and Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder” – here.

Read ongoing coverage of the recommendations and related statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Autism Speaks, The Autism Science Foundation, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and others here