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Vitenskapelig foredrag

A population based study on early detection of Autism spectrum disorders

  • Synnve Schjølberg


Navn på arrangementet: International Meeting for Autism Research
Sted: Sacramento, California
Dato fra: 7. mai 2004
Dato til: 8. mai 2004


Arrangørnavn: INSAR

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Vitenskapelig foredrag
Publiseringsår: 2004

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A population based study on early detection of Autism spectrum disorders


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are rarely diagnosed before 36 months. Deficits in use of gestures and lack of gaze monitoring are considered early signs of ASD. The study focused on identifying children younger than 36 months with delayed nonverbal skills, hypothesizing high risk of being within the ASD. Professionals at well-baby clinics (WBC) were asked to refer all children younger than 30 months causing their concern about delayed nonverbal behaviour. The scores on a 10-item checklist (the Non-Verbal Communication-Checklist; NVCChecklist) were used as a basis for referrals. The referred group comprised of 41 children born in 98/99, 30 boys and 11 girls, mean age 27.0 months (sd 6.2). Eighty two percent (N=34) received a diagnosis within the autistic spectrum. Their average NVCC total score was 9.88 (sd 4.01). Two independent raters agreed in the diagnosis in 88 % of all the cases (Kappa=0.83). In order to obtain information about normal development and individual differences in the early use of non-verbal communication, all parents of children aged 12 to 36 months were asked during a four months period to fill out the NVCC at their regular visit to the WBC. The total WBC screened group were 1247, mean age 18.8 months (sd 6.2). Their scores on the NVCChecklist showed a clear age trend, from


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