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Autism Screening Practices Among Early Intervention Providers in Indiana

Tomlin, Angela PhD; Koch, Steven M. PhD; Raches, Christine PsyD; Minshawi, Noha F. PhD; Swiezy, Naomi B. PhD

doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e31827842b1
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The purpose of this study was to identify current practices in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) screening among early intervention and care providers in Indiana. Participants were asked about their ASD screening practices within the context of overall screening for developmental delays. Results indicated that providers conduct ASD screening less often than developmental screening, do not use formal screening tools when doing so, and feel unprepared to talk with families about concerns related to ASD. Providers reported that they feel inadequately prepared to perform ASD screening and are eager to receive training. Results will assist in identifying training needs of early intervention and care providers.

Riley Child Development Center-LEND (Drs Tomlin, Koch, and Raches) and Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center (Drs Minshawi and Swiezy), Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

Correspondence: Angela Tomlin, PhD, Riley Child Development Center-LEND, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (atomlin@iu.edu).

There are no financial disclosures for any of the authors of this article.

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