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Remote Assessments Could Speed Autism Diagnosis

[Source: Disability Scoop]

A trip to the doctor’s office to get an autism diagnosis may one day be unnecessary, with new research finding that the disorder can be accurately identified in many kids via telemedicine.

The findings from what’s being called a first-of-its-kind study could have big implications, enabling faster identification of young children on the spectrum, researchers say.

“This study proves remote diagnosis of autism is not only feasible but under specified circumstances can be highly accurate,” said Zachary Warren, associate professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and behavioral sciences and special education at Vanderbilt University and a senior author of the study. “Appropriate use of telemedicine consultation could radically increase our capacity for reaching young children who

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