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The Screening Tool for Autism in Two Year Olds can identify children at risk of autism

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Q How accurate is the Screening Tool for Autism in Two Year Olds (STAT) for identifying children at risk of autism?


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Diagnostic cohort study.

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University based diagnostic evaluation centre and affiliated speech and hearing centre, Tennessee, USA; 1997 to 2001.

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Initial validation of the STAT was carried out in 13 matched pairs of children aged 24–35 months, with a diagnosis of autism or alternatively developmental delay, language impairment, or both (DD/LI), and without severe sensory or motor impairment. Further validation was carried out in a sample of 104 children selected on the basis of parental report of developmental concerns.

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The STAT consists of 12 interactive items assessing different behavioural domains, including play, requesting, directing attention, and motor imitation. The test was administered by trained examiners who were blinded to the children’s diagnoses. Overall score ranges from 0 to 4, with lower …

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