Signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often exist before a child’s second birthday. There are important social and language milestones to look for as your child grows. Parents are experts on their children, and should always trust their guts. If you have a feeling something is not right, it’s important to talk to your child’s doctor and express your concerns.
Research shows that early intervention is crucial to improving outcomes for kids with autism. Parents are often able to pick up on differences in their child’s development long before such symptoms might be noticed during a doctor visit. Studies show that parents are exceptionally capable in detecting early signs of autism—especially when there is an older sibling or other family member with autism.
Sometimes, even though parents have certain concerns, they may wait to seek help from a professional. Parents may be waiting to see if the child grows out of certain behaviors or maybe a parent isn’t confident that what their child is showing is a real concern. However, this time is critical. There are many relatively simple interventions that parents can do at home that provide huge benefits. This is especially true for very young children who are just beginning to show signs of autism. Remember, it is never too early or too late to provide support for your child.
If your child is not meeting the following milestones, talk to your pediatrician.
Max Brewer was diagnosed with a mild form of autism when he was 3. His older brother, Arthur, also has autism and completed the Marcus Autism Center Early Intervention Program. “We had seen such great progress with Arthur, so we knew that we needed to start Max in the program, too,” Max’s mother, Therese, said.
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