Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children. The Task Force found that more evidence is needed to make a recommendation on the benefits and harms of screening young children for autism. The Task Force’s I statement is not a recommendation against screening. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/autism-spectrum-disorder-in-young-children-screening. Additional information, including a video and FAQs, can be found at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/more-information-on-the-final-recommendation/autism-spectrum-disorder-in-young-children-screening. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the February 16, 2016 online issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.