Health and Welbeing
More children in
Sweden diagnosed with autism
With new methods, staff at the children healthcare centres in Sweden
has been able to carry out early detection of children with autism,
research carried out at Sahlgrenska Academy show.
In 2000, 0.16 per cent of all two year olds in Gothenburg were
diagnosed with some form of autistic disorder. In 2010 this had risen
to 0.8 percent. The increase is partly due to increased knowledge and
awareness of the signs of autistic disorder, which means that more
cases are detected.
A thesis made by Gudrun Nygren demonstrates how a combination of two
different methods can be used for early detection of disorders in the
screening of all 2.5 - year-olds in connection with the obligatory
visit to the child healthcare center (BVC).
“By combining methods, we have more sensitive and better tools for
early detection of various autistic disorders,” says Gudrun Nygren.
In one method the use of questionnaires and interviews with parents was
carried out in order to capture symptoms.
They may respond to 23 yes or no questions. In the other child health
clinic staffs are trained in observing the child's ability to split
Surveys in Malmö last year also show the importance of early diagnosis.
The sooner the autistic disorders are detected the sooner a treatment
The methods have since 2010 been tested on about 5,000 children in
Gothenburg. It included autism screening into regular paediatric clinic
program of health monitoring in Gothenburg.
By Scancomark.se Team
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