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ERIC Number: EJ827748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Detecting Autism Spectrum Disorder from Early Intervention Charts: Methodology and Preliminary Findings
Towle, Patricia O.; Visintainer, Paul F.; O'Sullivan, Colleen; Bryant, N. Elizabeth; Busby, Suzanne
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n3 p444-452 Mar 2009
Federal laws mandating a "single point of entry" for early intervention (EI) create a potential database for surveillance of early childhood disabilities. This study evaluated EI records for estimating rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a chart abstraction protocol, with good interrater agreement (k = 0.86). Sampling 304 EI records yielded a point prevalence of (per 1,000) 8.5 (95% CI: 4.8-10.9) and a cumulative incidence of 7.4 (95% CI: 5.5-12.4). These rates are similar to recent published estimates. Additionally, the male-to-female ratio for autism, and rates of other developmental disorders were found to be consistent with current literature. These results suggest that local systems EI records may provide an excellent resource for ASD surveillance and research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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