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Perceptions on screening for developmental disabilities and autism in childcare settings


This qualitative study explored the knowledge and perceptions about early screening for developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in childcare settings using semistructured interviews with directors, teachers, and parents at 12 childcare centers. Results indicated that most of the directors and teachers, who were interviewed, were cautiously open to implementing screening programs but wanted additional training in recognizing early signs of ASD and other developmental disabilities, as well as communicating with families about concerns. All interviewed parents reported wanting childcare professionals to communicate with them if they had developmental concerns for their child, and all but one parent was open to the idea of universal screening at their child’s center. (author abstract)

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Reports & Papers
United States

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