Thursday, March 29, 2018

Race, income, education alter accuracy of autism screen

Customized cutoff scores could boost the accuracy of a popular screen for autism in children from certain backgrounds, according to a new study1.

The tool, the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), may incorrectly flag children whose mothers are black, have low incomes or have a high-school education or less, the study suggests.

Another screening tool, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, may also yield inflated scores for children whose mothers belong to minority groups or did not graduate from college2.

Read more here at Spectrum.