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Screening All Children For Autism at 18 and 24 months

by Jonathan Slack, Market Research & Development Specialist, AHSS

In the past decade, doctors have become better equipped to diagnose autism. But as this article asserts, “Routine visits to the pediatrician are often far too short to accurately identify children at risk for autism.” Today, most children are diagnosed with autism at about age four. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened at 18 to 24 months. The younger a child is diagnosed the earlier they can receive services.

While Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is beneficial to children and adults of all ages, studies have shown that children on the autism spectrum who start ABA therapy at a young age tend to have better outcomes.

At AHSS, we want every child to accomplish their hopes and dreams. We hope that parents and doctors continue to become more aware of the signs of autism. Through increased awareness and vigilance we can create a world where every child on the spectrum receives the therapy they need at an early age.


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