Don’t wait to get help if you are worried that your child may be missing milestones. Obtaining an early diagnosis is important. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “developmental surveillance should be a component of every preventive care visit.” In addition, they state, “Standardized developmental screening tools should be used when such surveillance identifies concerns about a child’s development & for children who appear to be at low risk of a developmental disorder at the 9-, 18-, and 30-month visits.”
It has been routinely shown that intensive, early, and specialized behavioral therapy, such as ABA, is effective for children with autism. Therapy provided early can be highly beneficial to children at young ages when the brain and cognitive systems are still formative. The earlier a child with autism receives therapy, the better his or her outcome will be.