Is this the clearest autism test ever? Two-minute questionnaire could detect the disorder in children earlier than anything else

A simple two-minute questionnaire could detect autism in toddlers, new research suggests.  

The Psychological Development Questionnaire (PDQ-1) consists of 10 questions that help gauge how children interact with others, including whether the child points or gestures to show interest, responds to their name, and speaks in phrases.

Autism affects one in 45 children, but early detection of the disorder is challenging since there isn't a single behavioral or observational approach that will be reliable for all children.

However, researchers at Rutgers University believe the questionnaire, which had an 88 percent likelihood of correctly identifying children with autism, could help doctors detect the disorder in toddlers earlier, at a time when intervention might be crucial.

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7th February 2018
Mail Online