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2016
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New information about autism screening for all toddlers

One in 68 kids in America have autism spectrum disorders. A government task force today said the evidence is lacking on whether all toddlers should be screened for autism, but many doctors and parents believe that screening is imperative.

A psychologist at Children's Mercy Hospital is concerned that parents may misinterpret the statement.

"What they're saying isn't that we shouldn't screen. What they're saying is we need more research and I completely agree with that," said Dr. Cy Nadler.

Dr. Nadler said screening can identify up to 85 percent of kids who will be diagnosed with autism. He said the signs can be subtle. They include not making eye contact or not seeking attention from parents.

He said screening leads to early diagnosis and treatment. 

Read the full story via Fox 4 News.

Read more about Children's Mercy's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences