Pathways to Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children Patricia O. Towle, Ph.D 1,2 Mariel Taratunio, MSW 1,3,4 Linda Arpino, MA, RD, CDN, Nancy DiMaggio, MS 1,5
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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children
Patricia O. Towle, Ph.D1,2 Mariel Taratunio, MSW1,3,4 Linda Arpino, MA, RD, CDN, Nancy DiMaggio, MS1,5
1Westchester Institute for Human Development, 2New York Medical College, 3Sarah Lawrence College, 4 New York University, 5Mercy College
Early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is crucial so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Recent literature has investigated the age of ASD diagnosis in relation to many features; however, no studies have described how community resources are accessed and how patterns of access may be related to delay in ASD diagnosis.
MEAN AGES (in months) and SDs ACROSS PATHWAYS
Children who are not identified as soon as they enter EI have a delayed diagnosis.
SUMMARY AND DISCUSSION
Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH)
Early Intervention Program
Chart Review: 127 EI charts of children with ASD. Instruments:EI Timeline Protocol; demographics; consultants.Procedure: Developed EI Timeline Protocol; abstracted chart information.