Recognizing Early Signs of Autism

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Early Autism Test

Two new clinical reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will help pediatricians recognize signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) earlier and guide families to effective autism treatments, which will ultimately improve the lives of children with ASDs and their families.

The first clinical report, "Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders," provides detailed information on signs and symptoms so pediatricians can recognize and assess ASDs in their patients. Language delays usually prompt parents to raise concerns to their child's pediatrician - usually around 18 months of age. However, there are earlier subtle signs that if detected could lead to earlier diagnosis. These include: