Newly Expanded Recommendations on Autism Seek to Catch More Kids Who Might Fall Through the Cracks

WRITTEN BY Shannon Ashley The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children get screened for autism spectrum disorder at their 18- and 24-month well-child checkups. Today, those recommendations have been significantly enhanced. These new guidelines now recommend developmental and behavioral surveillance at 9-, 18-, and 30-month visits in addition to the standardized ASD screening at 18 and 24 months old.…

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Closing the Gaps in Pediatric Behavioral Health

Currently, most pediatricians choose to refer children to a specialist to be diagnosed and treated for behavioral conditions such as autism — often with waitlists of a year to three years. Nationwide, we continue to face an enormous and growing shortage of specialists, so the heartbreaking reality for most children and families is delayed diagnosis and late access to treatments.…

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Cognoa’s autism devices win breakthrough status.

FDA has granted breakthrough designations to Cognoa’s digital autism diagnostic and therapeutic devices, the company announced Wednesday. The devices are designed to enable physicians to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) earlier and improve the social skills and responsiveness of children with the condition. Read full article here.

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Studies of autism screening app highlight machine learning’s capacity to iterate, improve.

In May, a pair of studies were published in the journals Autism Research and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) that evaluated Cognoa’s artificial intelligence-based tool for early identification of autism in children. While both investigations suggest that the tool’s performance significantly exceeded those of other standardized screeners. Read full article here.