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Autism Screen

Anyone else's 18 month old or 2yr old's pediatrician want them screened for autism? Is this a new thing they do a both these ages? Or have they always screened everyone for it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:26 AM on May. 28, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • there is no "screening" that I am aware of, but they may ask about milestones and other behaviors

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 11:33 AM on May. 28, 2010

  • I heard a little on the subject. I wouldn't want to do just because of the chance of a misdiagnosis at that age. You always hear that young ones develop differently and at the same time they want to test for autism? No thanks.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 AM on May. 28, 2010

  • My son had an M-CHAT done at both checkups. I found it a little odd since we already expected it at the time and already had an appointment at a developmental specialist. So, I'm guessing it's something they do on all kids at our doctor.

    Answer by Krystal.Ingalls at 11:39 AM on May. 28, 2010

  • OP: Our pedi's office has us fill out this questionairre thing twice and then from there I am not sure what else they do. They wanted it done at 18 months but we refused and then they wanted it done again at 2yrs and really insisted so I didn't know if this was normal or what. Or if anyone else has been through it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 AM on May. 28, 2010

  • It is not standard procedure unless a child may not be meeting milestones timely.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on May. 28, 2010

  • OP here: Anon :48, that does make sense. Unfortunately, my son is behind and is being referred to speech therapy but then they wanted him screened as well.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:59 PM on May. 28, 2010

  • Actually, due to the rise in autism diagnoses, new standards were issued by the AMA urging pediatricians to do a screening with each well-child-check so that signs/symptoms of autism can be caught & addressed early.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:44 PM on May. 28, 2010

  • I would do the screening, with autism early intervention is key!

    Answer by TraceNspace at 7:20 AM on May. 31, 2010

  • It's acutall standard practice in m ped's office to answer a questionaire at the 18 month visit.

    Answer by new_mom808 at 10:00 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

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