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What is Autism in Children?

Experienced practitioners can usually detect autism in children by age 2, and sometimes by 18 months or younger. In young children, autism usually reveals itself in the form of delayed development in areas such as communication, play and social interaction.

While autism is a lifelong condition presenting a range of challenges, no outcome is a foregone conclusion. Every individual with autism experiences life uniquely, with different symptoms at different levels of severity. When addressed early in life, while the mind is still developing and malleable, symptoms or challenging behaviors can be managed more effectively to improve outcomes over the course of the child’s life.

How to Tell if a Child has Autism

Only a qualified medical practitioner or psychologist can diagnose a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Because early intervention is key, however, it is advisable for all parents and caregivers to be aware of the signs of autism in children. If you or your child’s doctor notices symptoms associated with autism, you may be referred to a specialist for an evaluation. Treatment for autism, such as ABA therapy, works best when started in early childhood. The Place for Children with Autism works with clients ages 2 – 6.

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