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    And, For The First Time, Prevalence Of Autism In Lebanon Has Been Determined….


    Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Nurseries in Lebanon: a cross-sectional study.

    Monique Chaaya, Dahlia Saab, Fadi Maalouf and Rose-Mary Boustany (2015, just published).

    Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10803-015-2590-7 In Lebanon, no estimate for autism prevalence exists.

    This cross-sectional study examines the prevalence of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in toddlers in nurseries in Beirut and Mount-Lebanon.

    The final sample included 998 toddlers (16-48 months) from 177 nurseries.

    We sent parents the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) for screening, and a self-administered questionnaire (associated factors).

    We imputed missing M-CHAT data with successful answers. Since there were no follow-up interviews for the M-CHAT, we used the positive predictive value (0.058) from a large study for prevalence estimates.

    ASD prevalence was 1 in 66 children (comparable to US).

    Ratios were: male/female: 1.05; Beirut/Mount-Lebanon: 1.2. Using a more representative sample assertaining results are needed or better prevalence estimates in Lebanon. We are presently extending prevalence of ASD to nurseries in the Bekaa/North/South Governorates.