Autism screening in toddlers may do more harm

LOS ANGELES

Researchers say the screening techniques are not very accurate for toddlers, which can lead to children being misdiagnosed.

They say the wrongful diagnosis can lead to huge burdens for families. A false-positive diagnosis could lead to parents enrolling their children in expensive autism programs, researchers said.

They also warn it may be difficult to later lose the autism label once a child is diagnosed, even falsely.

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