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Best Practices: Early Diagnosis and Psychological Assessment

Zachary Warren and Wendy L. Stone

in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195371826
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0082
Best Practices: Early Diagnosis and Psychological Assessment

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The diagnostic evaluation of young children for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represents a public health issue of critical importance. Earlier diagnosis of ASD provides children and families with more opportunities for optimal benefit from intensive and specialized intervention services. This chapter summarizes a wide range of considerations related to the diagnostic assessment process in young children that can optimize the ability to help children with ASD and their families. These issues include not only those related to obtaining an accurate diagnosis in young children, but also those related to the assessment process in general and the provision of optimal clinical care to children and families alike.

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ; Neurology ; Neuroscience

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