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Age-related issues of instruments screening for autism in young children

Authors Thomaidis L, Choleva A, Kyprianou M

Received 9 September 2016

Accepted for publication 26 September 2016

Published 5 December 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 3093—3095


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Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder

Loretta Thomaidis, Antigoni Choleva, Miltiades Kyprianou

Second Department of Paediatrics, Developmental Assessment Unit, “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece
A recent publication in your journal titled “ESSENCE-Q – a first clinical validation study of a new screening questionnaire for young children with suspected neurodevelopmental problems in south Japan” by Hatakenaka et al1 has caught our attention. The proposed instrument has produced promising results in the specific sample. Coupled with its simplicity, the screening instrument is indeed worthy of merit.
Authors’ reply
Yuhei Hatakenaka,1,2 Elisabeth Fernell,Masahiko Sakaguchi,Hitoshi Ninomiya,Ichiro Fukunaga,Christopher Gillberg2
1Kochi Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, Kochi Prefectural Medical and Welfare Centre, Kochi, Japan; 2Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; 3Integrated Centre for Advanced Medical Technologies, Kochi University Medical School, Kochi, Japan
We have read with interest and appreciate the comments made by Loretta Thomaidis, Antigoni Choleva and Miltiades Kyprianou.
View the original paper by Hatakenaka and colleagues.

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