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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening

Release Date: February 2016

Recommendation Summary

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Children aged 18 to 30 months

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children for whom no concerns of ASD have been raised by their parents or a clinician.


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Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

Current as of: February 2016

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.

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