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New mobile app to aid in autism spectrum ID

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) has introduced the ThinkAsperger’s mobile app, an expansion of the ThinkAsperger’s program developed to aid in the identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The app, available via iTunes or Google Play, was designed by SARRC’s clinical and research teams to reduce the number of children who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and who may struggle with loneliness, social isolation, peer victimization, academics and life skills.

The process guides users through various features including a screening questionnaire to assist in the identification of social challenges in children, and then offers resources for a formal ASD evaluation.

Asperger’s disorder, previously considered as a separate developmental disorder, was replaced in 2013 with the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

The most recent prevalence report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates 1 in every 68 children has been identified with ASD.

 

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