For years doctors and researchers have been working to find some type of screening or test procedure that works well for detecting autism in young children and it seems the most recent screening procedure is the most effective so far. Researchers say that the new screening procedure is nearly 100% accurate in children as young as 1 year old.
Amazingly researchers say that this new screening method is more successful because it doesn’t rely on medicine or medical testing; it relies on parents experience and general observation. The list of over 20 simple questions was created for parents and in general the questions are very easy to answer; by the end of the screening most parents are able to say for sure if their child does or does not have signs of autism.
Of course there is still plenty of research being conducted according to leading doctors. No simple screening is enough according to most doctors though they do say it is a great way to get a basic idea. Further research is also being conducted to potentially find a cause or cure for autism though at this time it is difficult to say when a breakthrough may be found.
Doctors recommend that parents use this new checklist screening method with their young children frequently. Obviously this will not prevent or affect the development of autism at all but as always it is important to detect any type of problem early with children and that is what this screening is for.