According to the clinical reports recently published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should be screened for autism at least twice before their 2nd birthday. Using a quick parent and child interview, the pediatrician may recommend a follow-up screen in a month, and/or more intensive testing by a special team.
If you notice any red flags at any time in your child, ask your doctor for a referral for complete evaluation. Parents know something’s wrong; the sooner you know if it is autism, the better chances of the best outcome for your child are possible. Don’t give up seeking answers until you know your child’s condition.
If you feel that your concerns are not being recognized by your doctor, seek a second opinion. If you are concerned about your child’s development in any way, ask your pediatrician for an evaluation as soon as you suspect an issue. You or your pediatrician may schedule an assessment with the Lowcountry Autism Foundation to determine if your child is on the autism spectrum. This service is provided by LAF at no cost to you.