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Bejarano-Martín, Á., Canal-Bedia, R., Magán-Maganto, M. et al. Early Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention Services for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the European Union (ASDEU): Family and Professional Perspectives. J Autism Dev Disord (2019).

Early detection, diagnosis and intervention services for young children with autism spectrum disorder in the European Union (ASDEU) : family and professional perspectives

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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-10-12


Early services for ASD need to canvas the opinions of both parents and professionals. These opinions are seldom compared in the same research study. This study aims to ascertain the views of families and professionals on early detection, diagnosis and intervention services for young children with ASD. An online survey compiled and analysed data from 2032 respondents across 14 European countries (60.9% were parents; 39.1% professionals). Using an ordinal scale from 1 to 7, parents’ opinions were more negative (mean = 4.6; SD 2.2) compared to those of professionals (mean = 4.9; SD 1.5) when reporting satisfaction with services. The results suggest services should take into account child’s age, delays in accessing services, and active stakeholders’ participation when looking to improve services.

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Series: Journal of autism and developmental disorders
ISSN: 0162-3257
ISSN-E: 1573-3432
ISSN-L: 0162-3257
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-019-04253-0
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3123 Gynaecology and paediatrics
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
Funding: This study was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness [Grant PSI2016-80575-R], the European Union, DGSANCO, [Ref.: SANCO/2014/C2/035], and the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport [Ref.: BOE-B-2017-2646].
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