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Autism screening in toddlers may do more harm

June 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Autism screening in young children may do more harm than good, according to a new study out of Canada.

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.