Self-scoring autism screen overlooks problems in girls

Subtle signs: Some girls with autism have no trouble following another person’s gaze.© / Jonas Unruh A widely used screening tool is equally effective at detecting autism symptoms in both black and white toddlers, but misses girls of either race. Researchers presented the preliminary results today at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research in Baltimore. The findings add to mounting evidence that screening tools overlook the subtle symptoms of autism in girls with the condition. “Maybe we need to be looking at different things in girls,” says lead researcher Angela Scarpa, director of the Virginia Institute of Technology’s Center for Autism Research, who presented the findings. Scarpa’s team used machine learning technology to create an automated, self-scoring version of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)-Revised. The…

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