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U.S. News & World Report Features Study Co-authored by Dawson

Points to number of doctor, hospital visits as possible early clue to autism, ADHD

Children 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. DIBS Director Geraldine Dawson, PhD, who also directs the Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development, is one of the study authors. It was reported in many media outlets, including the U.S. News & World Report.