Loa Clausen

Time Trends in Diagnostics and Clinical Features of Young Children Referred on Suspicion of Autism: A Population-Based Clinical Cohort Study, 2000-2010

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  • Sara Højslev Avlund
  • Per Hove Thomsen
  • Diana Schendel
  • Meta Jørgensen, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus Universitet, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital Psychiatry, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 175, Entrance K, 8200, Århus, Denmark., Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital, Kløvervænget 19, Entrance 85, 5000, Odense C, Denmark. Julie.killerup.kaae@rsyd.dk., Agrointelli, Aarhus 8200, Denmark, Special Area Autism, Central Region Denmark, Samsøvej 33, 8383, LandboMidtøst, Hinnerup
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  • Loa Clausen

The present study aimed to explore clinical trends in the period 2000-2010, along with discriminating clinical factors for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in young children suspected of ASD. The following trends were observed: (1) a rise in referrals including an increase in referrals among language-abled children, (2) an increase in children assigned an ASD diagnosis after assessment, and (3) a decrease in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule total score. The distribution of ASD subtypes and IQ level did not change. Results suggest that a higher proportion of children with less severe autism symptoms were referred and diagnosed. Further, restricted and repetitive behaviors seemed to be a key discriminating factor when distinguishing between ASD and no-ASD children with a discordant symptom profile.

TidsskriftJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 30 maj 2020

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