ERIC Number: ED289268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Multidisciplinary Developmental Evaluation Improves Early Diagnosis of Infantile Autism.
Siegel, B.; And Others
A life-course perspective of the diagnostic histories of 75 autistic individuals (ages 4-25) was obtained through the use of parent surveys and a review of their charts. The study was made to understand better how children who presented with uneven or unusual behavioral development are identified as developmentally multihandicapped. Areas examined included when parents became concerned about developmental delay, what concerns they expressed, to whom they expressed them, when evaluations were made, what kinds of evaluations were carried out, and which diagnostic models were most effective. The results showed that parents most often first expressed concern to pediatricians, noting both language and social delays. On average, parents first reported concerns around 1-1/2 years of age, began diagnostic evaluations around 2-1/2 years of age, and received diagnoses of autism around 4-1/2 years of age. These findings are discussed in terms of the potential value of early identification and placement into infant and preschool intervention programs. The role of the child's primary care physician in early identification and coordination of diagnostic evaluation is discussed. (Author/VW)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD., April 23-26, 1987).