7 Signs Your Child May Be On the Autism Spectrum

Autism Spectrum Disorder is the new diagnosis that is now being used to encompass related neurodevelopmental disorders including Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). This umbrella term now includes the entire spectrum of autism, from mild to severe.

Autism is often diagnosed by age 3, especially in children with a language delay. However, more mild cases in very verbal children are often not diagnosed until they are older. In these cases, it can be helpful for parents to know some signs to look for:

These are just a few examples of behaviors that can be exhibited by children on the autism spectrum. Early intervention is very important, so parents should discuss any concerns with their pediatrician and/or seek referral to a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

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Dr. Heather Rogers,

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