The dangers of doctors ignoring autismby Ivano Abbadessa - 2014.02.03
Globally, too many children with autism are not receiving the necessary therapeutic treatment until many months after diagnosis. This is despite the fact that early screening has helped doctors identify signs of this disease earlier. Paediatricians seem to be the ones guilty of causing this serious delay because they are failing to refer children to autism specialists for a full check up. This warning comes from Autism Speaks, whose research analyses over 40 international studies published between 1990 and 2013. The authors of the paper say further investigation is needed to explain the reasons for the gap between the identification of the disease and the follow-up. Measures should be taken immediately if the delay in referral is confirmed, say the researchers, seeing that is has been widely proved that an improvement in the health of autistic children is closely related to prompt treatment.
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