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.
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.
Download a screening poster and a checklist from the HANDS in Autism® Website
- Bureau of Child Development Services (First Steps)
- Head Start
- Office of Early Childhood & Out of School Learning
- Early Learning Indiana
- Brighter Futures Indiana – Indiana’s family friendly child care site
- Help Me Grow Indiana
- ISDH Maternal Child Health
- DCS Children’s Mental Health Initiative
Resources for childcare providers
- Infancy Onward
- Office of the Administration for Children & Families (ASD page)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – Teaching Children with Autism
- Autism Speaks – Managing Challenging Behaviors
- CDC for educators