Course 2 of 3: The Early Detection of Autism in Children and Recommendations for Therapy

Screening and Surveillance for Autism in Toddlers (During the Well Child Care Visit)

Learn new surveillance techniques you can employ during well-child care visits to screen for autism spectrum disorders and improve the accuracy of referrals.

About the course

This video presents strategies pediatricians can employ during well-child care visits to observe or elicit certain behaviors that may be indicative of autism at an early age. Expert narration and video footage provide doctors with pointed strategies and methods to detect autism risk alerts during well-child care visits. This course includes footage of children that exhibit typical social and communication related milestones in comparison with children developing atypically. Practitioners also review various available screening tools such as the Autism Screening Questionnaire (ASQ), the Parents’ Evaluations of Developmental Status (PEDS), and the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT), an autism specific screening tool. This comprehensive overview reinforces that a three-pronged approach is needed for accurate referrals: doctor observation, the parent report, and autism-specific screening.

2 Hours

Course Objectives
  • Follow all the steps of autism surveillance as recommended by the AAP including the examination of all children for autism at the 18 and 24 month well child visits, and the use of autism specific screeners.
  • Incorporate screening methods into standard well-child exams.
  • Identify characteristics of autism presenting in children during well-child care visits.
  • Learn methods for eliciting accurate parent report.

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  • Deborah Fein, Ph.D.
    Professor, Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics University of Connecticut
  • Marianne Barton, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Psychology University of Connecticut
  • Thyde Dumont-Mathieu, M.D.
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Connecticut
  • None of the speakers will be discussing the off-label use of any products. This CME activity has no commercial support associated with it.


  • Pediatricians
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Neurologists
  • Developmental Pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Speech Therapists
  • Psychical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • ABA Therapists
  • Floortime Therapists
  • Family Practice Physicians

Preview a chapter today: Guidelines for Referral

Disclosure: The activity director, planning committee members, nor the speakers have any financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation.

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