According to autismspeaks.org,
“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. Autism Speaks urges parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.”
There are many different aspects to diagnosing autism in children. Often concerns arise during well child check-ups when discussing expected developmental milestones. To learn about age specific, developmental milestones, please check out: CDC Milestones or download the CDC milestones tracking app for your phone.
Pendleton Pediatrics is not a developmental pediatric specialty office, but we do have providers that are certified to administer specific tests that can aid in diagnosing autism. If you have concerns about your child’s development, make sure to mention them at your child’s next well check appointment or call to schedule a separate developmental assessment appointment.