Diagnosing young children with autism

Johnny L. Matson, Louisiana State University, USA.
Rachel L. Goldin, Louisiana State University, USA. Electronic address: rgoldi3@lsu.edu.


The starting point for any research on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) involves the identification of people who evince the condition. From this point follows research on symptom presentation, genetics, epidemiology, animal models, treatment efficacy, and many other important topics. Major advances have been made in differential diagnosis, particularly with young children. This fact is particularly important since ASD is a life long condition. This review documents recent advances and the current state of research on this topic.