Monday, April 13, 2009

Is It Autism? New Tool Helps Parents Find Out

If you are concerned about your child's development, and possibly about Autism Spectrum Disorder, there is a new tool that might help guide you in the right direction. Here's the link to the survey. I also plan to add the link to my side bar under Autism links.

Here's more specific information from Generation Rescue:

Early diagnosis is obviously critical for children, but the average pediatrician is not trained in diagnosing a child with autism and as you know they often encourage a "wait and see" approach which is not in the best interest of the child. Taking the steps to go to a developmental pediatrician or a well trained psychologist is expensive, timely and is often scary for new parents.To help families right now, we developed a tool for to help identify if someone has autism, Aspergers or Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

It is an easy to understand and confidential survey that only takes about 10 minutes and provides the family with a great deal of information like how effected the individual compares to the DSM-IV criteria for the different Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since it is a web tool, it is not a substitute for an actual diagnosis, but we published it in collaboration with with psychologists at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and it uses the same critera they use to make an official autism diagnosis. Since we quietly put this survey on the website last week, we already have had hundreds of new families take the survey and a great majority of these surveys showed that the individual appeared to be on the autism spectrum.

After the survey is completed, they are given a great deal of information about autism, Rescue Angels, community resources, books, videos, biomedical treatment information and they are encouraged to get an official diagnosis.We believe the "Is it Autism?" tool will help families understand their child and help them to get started on recovering their child more quickly and with the best available resources.

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