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Kelly E. Rea
This study sought to examine the use of one Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) screening tool, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers- Revised (MCHAT-R), in a racially and ethnically diverse urban pediatric clinic, to review screening rates and referral practices. Screening completion was significantly related to child age, and there was a greater rate of positive screenings for Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic children. Referrals were highly variable across positive screenings. Ethnic disparities in ASD positive screening rates and inconsistent referrals represent a critical issue in current pediatric practice. Implications and future directions for research and clinical practice are discussed. Read the article.
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