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Table 3 Diagnostic information

From: The importance of physician knowledge of autism spectrum disorder: results of a parent survey

Professional Diagnosing the Child Number of participants (percentage)
Developmental pediatrician 63 (43%)
Psychologist 24 (16%)
Neurologist 25 (17%)
Primary care physician 1 (1%)
Psychiatrist 9 (6%)
Other 18 (12%)
No answer 6 (4%)
Information Provided After Diagnosing the Child Number of participants (percentage)
Provided no additional information 26 (18%)
Gave information about available resources 66 (45%)
Gave literature about autism 65 (45%)
Spent time talking about autism 60 (41%)
Referred to an autism specialist 9 (6%)
Referred to a support group 14 (10%)
Advised on educational programs 50 (34%)
Advised on medical programs 22 (15%)
Other 21 (14%)
Who/what helped in learning about ASD Number of participants (percentage)
Healthcare professionals 29 (20%)
Education professionals 31 (21%)
Parent resource centers 26 (18%)
Early intervention specialist 22 (15%)
Parents of children with Autism 61 (42%)
Family member 12 (8%)
Friends 15 (10%)
Support group 43 (29%)
Advocacy group 25 (17%)
Internet 107 (73%)
Books, magazines, or videotapes 103 (71%)
Conferences and workshops 61 (42%)
Didn't seek further help 0
Other 12 (8%)
Membership status of support groups Number of participants (percentage)
Member of an autism specific group 69 (47%)
Member of a non-autism specific group 8 (5%)
Member of autism and non-autism specific group 17 (12%)
Not currently, but member in the past 11 (8%)
Never a member 18 (12%)
Not currently, but wants to be a member 21 (14%)
No answer 2 (1%)
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