Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD can be difficult because there is no medical test to diagnose the disorder. The doctor’s look at the child’s developmental history and behavior to make a diagnosis.
ASD can be detected as early as 18 months. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older. Some children do not get diagnosed until they are adolescents and adults. This delay means that children with ASD might not get the early help they need.
Healthcare provides can assist parents by educating them on the importance of supporting and tracking their child’s development. The CDC’s free Milestone Tracker app helps parents and caregivers track their child’s developmental milestones from ages 2 months through 5 years in English and Spanish, preparing them to share development progress with you during well-child visits.
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