Type de Publication Article
    Titre Very early signs of autism reported by parents include many concerns not specific to autism criteria
    Auteurs Guinchat V. | Chamak B. | Bonniau B. | Bodeau N. | Perisse D. | Cohen D. | Danion A.
    Revue Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Résumé This study assessed parents’ first concerns about their autistic child. This information was categorized so that it could help healthcare professionals improve early detection of autism. We designed a questionnaire using an open-ended format, and 459 questionnaires were completed by parents to assess difficulties encountered in obtaining a diagnosis for their child. Answers about their first motive of concerns were categorized and compared with regards to age, gender, birth order, age of onset, delay in seeking professional advice, and delay in diagnosis. Concerns about social development or autistic behaviors were frequent, but not exclusive. Parents were divided into three clusters of concerns: (a) an “early awareness group”: which included motor problems and passivity (14.6 months); (b) “intermediate awareness group”: included emotional, hyperactivity, and sleep problems (15.3 months); and (c) a “later awareness group”: which included communication problems, poor social interaction, and autistic-type behaviors (22.3 months). Parents who noticed general concerns not specific to autism were worried earlier, but received a later diagnosis. We suggest that motor problems, and/or emotional problems, and/or the level of a child's activity should encourage frontline professionals to seek autistic symptoms in infants.
    Pages 589-601
    Volume 6
    Numéro 2
    Mots clés Early diagnosis | Autism | Parents’ first concerns | Questionnaire | France
    Année 2012
    Url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S
    Electronic resource num 10.1016/j.rasd.2011.10.005
    ISBN 1750-9467