What Is the Best Age To Diagnose Autism?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 44 kids is autistic. Early autism diagnosis is essential for getting your kids early and effective treatment. Your pediatrician, Dr. Dana Stewart of Meadows Medical Center, offers autism screening in Kokomo, IN, so that your kids can get the best evidence-based treatment.

What is the best age to diagnose autism?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends bringing your kids in for autism screening by 18 months and 24 months. However, many parents do not follow this schedule and some kids can say till their teen years before getting a diagnosis.

The signs of autism may not always be apparent. So, even if you think that your child is simply a late bloomer, it won't hurt to have your doctor evaluate them. Early autism diagnosis helps your child access the best available treatments. Early treatment helps in building your child's social and communication skills.

What Are the Early Signs of Autism?

Observing these signs in your kids doesn't automatically mean they're autistic. Also, not all autistic kids will display these signs. However, observing your child's behaviors and sharing this information with your pediatrician can help your child get an early diagnosis.

  • Poor social skills
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Temper tantrums when routine changes
  • Delayed speech
  • Preferring solitude
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Limited interests

Autism Screening 

At your child's 18-month and 24-month check-up, your pediatrician observes their developmental progress and performs autism screenings. During your child's autism screening in Kokomo, IN, the following events may occur:

  • Medical history review
  • Behavior observation and evaluation
  • Medical tests
  • Developmental monitoring
  • Developmental screening

Share your personal observations with your pediatrician during your consultation. Consider keeping a journal to note your child's behaviors. Taking your journal along for your child's appointment ensures that you don't leave the important details out.

If you're worried about your child's development, you can discuss autism screening with your pediatrician at your next appointment. Even if your kid doesn't seem to be showing any signs of autism, autism screenings at the recommended 18-month and 24-month milestones are essential. Call (765) 252-4575 to consult your pediatrician, Dr. Stewart of Meadows Medical Center, for autism screening in Kokomo, IN.

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