Updated Guidelines: Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of autism for the first time in 12 years.

There are a few major changes in the AAP’s new guidance for autism spectrum disorder— a major undertaking that reflects a massive amount of research and discoveries on autism since 2007. A summary of those points is below:

● Children should be formally and regularly screened for autism as early as possible, starting at 9 months and continuing into the 30-month checkup.

● Intervention for children either diagnosed with autism or even before a formal diagnosis should start as soon as possible because research shows that the earlier intervention begins, the better their outcomes as they get older.

● Better identification of co-occurring health conditions now associated with autism, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and even sleep and intestinal disorders.

● Emphasize transitioning children with autism into adulthood.

Please click the links below to read the full report from The American Academy of Pediatrics:

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/12/15/peds.2019-3447

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/12/12/peds.2019-3448