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Early identification of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is important. We redesigned the model of our ASD clinic for children under 3yrs. One of the changes was the integration of a Level 2 screening tool component, the RITA-T (Rapid Interactive Screening Test for Autism in Toddlers). This study examined the psychometric properties of the RITA-T with concerns related to ASD. In the study group (239 participants), we obtained discriminative psychometric properties (sensitivity: 0.97, specificity 0.71) similar to previously published results by Choueiri. When integrated into an ASD screening and diagnostic process, the RITA-T improves the efficiency and helps predict a best estimate clinical diagnosis of ASD. Read the article.
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