A simple two-minute test may be able to detect autism in toddlers earlier than ever before.
Researchers examined 1959 children, between 18 and 36-months-old, as part of a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics, shares Yahoo.
The Psychological Development Questionnaire (PDQ-1) had an 88 per cent likelihood of correctly identifying which of the youngsters screened positive.
Those who received low PDQ-1 scores were considered to be at risk of autism and were referred for evaluation to determine if they might be on the spectrum.
“The availability of valid and efficient screeners, like the PDQ-1, may enhance our ability to detect ASD in young children and expand the number of youngsters receiving early intervention,” Associate Professor at Rutgers University and lead author of the study, Walter Zahorodny said.
“If we want to improve early detection, easy-to-use and reliable autism screeners need to be widely used.”
The test asks parents to answer ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘sometimes’ to ten questions about their child, including whether the child responds to their name, enjoys playing peek-a-boo and relates to others.
If you are concerned about your child please make an appointment and discuss your concerns with your doctor.
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