I think my child has autism what do I do?

If you suspect your child has autism its important to seek an evaluation as soon as possible. Start by talking to your pediatrician, ask for a referral to see a developmental pediatrician or another specialist, and contact your local early intervention agency (for children under 3) or public school (for children 3 and older) to find out if your child qualifies for intervention services.

Early intervention can make a huge difference in a person's life. The sooner intervention starts the better chance your child has at developing vital skills. Every child should be screened for autism spectrum disorders at the 18-, 24-, and 30-months. You should seek additional screening if a child is at high risk for an autism spectrum disorder. Children at a higher risk for autism are those with a sibling or parent with an autism spectrum disorder or if symptoms warrant.

Concerned about your child? Visit First Signs.

Need help and don’t know where to start? visit the Autism Society’s Resource Page.