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Should the Diagnosis of Autism be Made Only on the Basis of a Standardized Test?

Gupta, Vidya B. MD, MPH, FAAP; Lauffer, Dan PhD

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics:
doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e318236207b
Commentary
Abstract

This commentary argues that a standardized tool such as Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is not always required to make the diagnosis of autism, which can be made by obtaining a thorough history and performing an astute clinical examination as William Osler, founder of John Hopkins School of Medicine, taught or Dr. Leo Kanner practiced.

Author Information

From the Hudson Valley Developmental Disability Service Organization, Thiells, NY.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address for reprints: Vidya B. Gupta, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director, Hudson Valley Developmental Disability Service Organization, Thiells, NY; e-mail: bhushan07627@yahoo.com.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.