National Story 10/30 - Pediatricians urge autism screenings
The American Academy of Pediatrics released two reports after its annual meeting Sunday suggesting that parents screen all their children for autism twice before age 2. Autism is currently diagnosed in one out of 150 children in the United States with no identified causes and no cure, but experts say early intervention can reduce its severity.
An enterprising report that blends the results of the new studies with recent developments in autism awareness is what you'll find in the Associated Press version of the story. Contributing to this long story is a fact pointed out by one of the article's sources, a co-author of the reports from the University of Texas, who said autism was virtually unknown 10 years ago. Now, Dr. Chris Johnson says she gets parents coming in worried their children have autism. The story has a very professional tone, as all but one source are doctors who have experience with autistic children. The only informal source was a parent of a now 18-year-old autistic daughter.
Serena Gordon of HealthDay shows us the difference between a reporter for a news outlet and a reporter for a more-specific audience. Gordon quotes only one source, an institutional one at that. Gordon then released more specific details of the reports; the first discusses warning signs that a child may have autism. The second advises parents on what to do after a child is diagnosed with the mental disability.