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Dr. Limbos' research comparing the ability of five different developmental screening tests to detect autism in preschool children has been accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in San Francisco. The conference brings together leaders in research and practice in child psychiatry from around the world. Her poster presentation will be presented between October 23 and 28, 2012. The findings of the study found that a number of generic developmental screening tests, namely the Rourke Baby Record, Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) and the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) had excellent sensitivity for detecting autism in a primary care setting. The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT), however, remained the most accurate test, having the ideal combination of high sensitivity and specificity. To view a preliminary version of the poster presentation, click here.

Vancouver Psychologist, Dr. Marjolaine Limbos (www.limboschildpsychology.com)