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Autism Brief – Early Indicators of Autism (Red Flags for ASD) in Infants and Toddlers

Maryann Trott MA, BCBA Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Division Download a printable version of this post here. One of the questions most often asked of the individuals that work in the Autism programs is “How early can you tell if a child has autism?” followed by “What are the signs?” According to Dr. Lauren Elder who is the assistant director of dissemination science at Autism Speaks, it is a complicated question because of the variation in the way that children develop and the signs of autism are manifested. That said, some of the early behavioral signs may begin to […]

How is Autism Diagnosed?

Mary Boehm, MA, CCC-SLP Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division Download the printable brief version of this post here. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition; this means that ASD affects how a person’s brain develops. When a person has ASD, there are problems with social communication, and repetitive patterns of behavior or restricted interests. The current definition for Autism Spectrum Disorder comes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Autism is a spectrum because there is a range of symptoms and severity levels. Some people have mild […]