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While ASD can  be detected as early as 18 months or younger, diagnosis is considered very reliable by the age of 2 (Lord et al, 2006). However, many children fail to receive a diagnosis until much later, which may prevent them from getting the help they need right away.

Learn about the “red flags” by CDC.

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What Can Parents Do?

As a parent, you know your child and can spot warning signs of autism early on.

  • Monitor the development of your child. Keep an eye on how your child is developing socially, emotionally, and cognitively. While developmental delays do not equate to autism, they can indicate a risk.
  • If you are concerned, take actions. If you have any concerns or have questions, talk to your doctor right away.
  • Trust your instincts. 

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ASD Screening Poster by HANDS in Autism®

Download a screening poster and a checklist from the HANDS in Autism® Website


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More Resources

Resources for childcare providers

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