Act on your concerns. Speak to your child's physician and seek early intervention if your child is under age 3.
If your child is under age 3, contact the First Steps Program. Referrals should be made to the Point of Entry (POE) for your local area. The POE list can be found at the First Steps website or by calling (800) 442-0087.
As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, or acts, talk to your child's doctor and share your concerns. Don't wait.
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This report addresses background information, including definition, history, epidemiology, diagnostic criteria, early signs, neuropathologic aspects, and etiologic possibilities in autism spectrum disorders.
Listing of regional multidisciplinary diagnostic centers.
A child's development can be followed by how she or he plays, learns, speaks, and acts. Parents play a critical role in their child's development. Providing a safe and loving home and spending time together - playing, singing, reading, and even just talking - can make a big difference!
To answer parents' questions about autism, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents.
List of actions that you can take to educate yourself about autism and how to obtain services.
The purpose of this guide is to help service providers and families refer young children to appropriate programs and services from prenatal stage through age 5.