Study: Children with Autism, ADHD Have More Healthcare Visits in Infancy

Picture of Dr. EngelhardChildren on the autism spectrum and those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are seen more frequently in hospitals and in doctors' offices during infancy than other youngsters, a new Duke study has found. The pattern may help alert providers to additional follow-up, leading to earlier diagnosis and intervention, says co-author Geraldine Dawson, PhD, who directs the Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development and DIBS. Pictured is first author Matthew Engelhard, PhD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

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