American Academy Of Pediatrics offers second edition of autism toolkit for clinicians

October 20, 2012

To help pediatricians in diagnosing and managing autism spectrum disorders in children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering an extensively revised and updated second edition of its autism toolkit, "Autism: Caring for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians." The toolkit will be launched Oct. 20 at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans.

The toolkit includes more than 70 tools for health care providers, including developmental screening questionnaires and screening tools, diagnostic criteria, family handouts in English and Spanish, record-keeping tools, and clinician fact sheets on specific health concerns. The second edition – the first revision since the toolkit was originally issued in 2007—includes the latest AAP guidelines on screening, surveillance, diagnosis, treatment and referral.

"With a population prevalence of 1 in 88 children, every needs the tools to screen for and manage the child and adolescent with an autism spectrum disorder," said pediatrician Susan L. Hyman, MD, FAAP, chair of the autism subcommittee of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities, which developed the toolkit. "The autism toolkit was revised based on feedback from primary care providers for ease of use and includes additional and updated topic areas related to medical, behavioral and educational care."

Complementing the is the Academy's first book on autism for parents, ": What Every Parent Needs to Know" (American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2012), which offers a comprehensive and accessible index of the most up-to-date expert medical and behavioral advice. Both publications are available in the AAP bookstore on AAP.org.

Explore further: AAP expands ages for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children

Related Stories

AAP expands ages for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children

October 16, 2011
Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offer new information on diagnosing and treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in younger children and in adolescents.

'Toolkit' makes medical procedures less stressful for children with autism

September 22, 2011
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has joined with Autism Speaks to create a resource for physicians and parents of children with autism to better prepare for blood draws and other routine medical procedures. This new toolkit, ...

Routine screening for autism not needed: researchers

June 13, 2011
Proposals recommending routine screening of all children for autism gets a thumbs down from researchers at McMaster University.

Study shows that urinary mercury is not correlated with autism

February 15, 2012
A recent study finds no statistically significant correlation between urinary mercury levels and autism, according to a Feb. 15 report in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

Study explores link between smoking during pregnancy, autism

April 26, 2012
Women who smoke in pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism, such as Asperger's Disorder, according to preliminary findings from a study by researchers involved in the U.S. autism surveillance ...

Recommended for you

Potential new autism drug shows promise in mice

November 14, 2017
Scientists have performed a successful test of a possible new drug in a mouse model of an autism disorder. The candidate drug, called NitroSynapsin, largely corrected electrical, behavioral and brain abnormalities in the ...

Relational factors in music therapy can contribute to positive outcome for children with autism

November 6, 2017
It might not surprise that good relationships create good outcomes, as meaningful relational experiences are crucial to all of us in our everyday life. However, the development of a relationship with a child with autism may ...

In autism, too many brain connections may be at root of condition

November 2, 2017
A defective gene linked to autism influences how neurons connect and communicate with each other in the brain, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Rodents that lack the gene form ...

New autism study a "shocking wake-up call" for society, say academics

October 23, 2017
People who show characteristics of autism are more at risk of attempting suicide, according to a Coventry University study whose results are being presented to a United States federal advisory committee tomorrow.

Signaling pathway may be key to why autism is more common in boys

October 17, 2017
Researchers aiming to understand why autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are more common in boys have discovered differences in a brain signaling pathway involved in reward learning and motivation that make male mice more vulnerable ...

Whole genome sequencing identifies new genetic signature for autism

October 12, 2017
Autism has genetic roots, but most cases can't be explained by current genetic tests.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.