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Developmental Screening-Autism Diagnosis

Developmental screening is a short test to tell if children are learning basic skills when they should, or if they might have delays. During developmental screening the doctor might ask the parent some questions or talk and play with the child during an exam to see how she learns, speaks, behaves, and moves. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a problem.

All children should be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during regular well-child doctor visits at:

  • 9 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 or 30 months
  • Additional screening might be needed if a child is at high risk for developmental problems due to preterm birth, low birth weight or other reasons.

In addition, all children should be screened specifically for ASD during regular well-child doctor visits at:

  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • Additional screening might be needed if a child is at high risk for ASD (e.g., having a sister, brother or other family member with an ASD) or if behaviors sometimes associated with ASD are present

It is important for doctors to screen all children for developmental delays, but especially to monitor those who are at a higher risk for developmental problems due to preterm birth, low birth weight, or having a brother or sister with an ASD.

If your child’s doctor does not routinely check your child with this type of developmental screening test, ask that it be done.

If the doctor sees any signs of a problem, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is needed.

 

 

 

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References:

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/history-of-autism

autismsciencefoundation.org/what-is-autism/treatment-options/

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism/helping-children-with-autism.htm

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd/intro-easyread.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/parenting-child-with-autism-special-challenges

talkspace.com/blog/2015/04/5-ways-to-manage-stress-while-raising-a-child-with-autism/

autismsciencefoundation.org/what-is-autism/how-common-is-autism/

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/screening.html

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