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First Encounters with a Health Care Provider

What were the early experiences between parents of children with autism and health care providers?

Diana Robins

Jessica Rast, Anne Roux, Paul Shattuck, Diana Robins


Diagnosis and Intervention

Fact Sheet

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Key Findings

How do health care providers respond to parent concerns?
How do race, ethnicity, and income influence the way parents respond to concerns about child development?
What screening tools are most commonly used to diagnose autism?



This factsheet presents data from the Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services to explore parent experiences with screening, professional responses to parent concerns, and diagnosis of autism.

Suggested Citation

Rast J.E., Roux A.M., Shattuck, P.T., Robins, D.L. First Encounter with a Health Care Provider and Autism. National Autism Data Center Fact Sheet Series; Issue 8. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2016.