The Greenbush Inter-disciplinary Autism Diagnostic Team aims to help remove barriers to accessing diagnostic developmental appointments for children in the Southeast Kansas area.
The inter-disciplinary team is composed of:
An early childhood special education instructor
A speech language pathologist
An early childhood educator
Two school psychologists
A functional classroom teacher
Pediatricians within the area
The University of Kansas Center for Childhood Health and Development
Training for the team was established by the University of Kansas.
Diagnosing Autism Early
The Center for Disease Control released data in 2014 revealing the prevalence of Autism as 1 in 68. As the prevalence of this developmental disability increases, this reinforces the importance of diagnosing Autism early.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a specific screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder at the 18 and 24 month visits or any time there is a concern. An appropriate screening tool is the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT-R). The MCHAT-R can be found on the M-Chat website. Absolute indicators for a developmental referral as identified by the American Academy of Neurology are: no babbling or gesturing by 12 months, no single words by 16 months, no functional 2 word phrases by 24 months, or the loss or regression of skills at any age.