Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2 – in some instances, as young as 18 months of age. Early diagnosis is important because research shows that high-quality early intervention can improve learning, social skills and daily function well into the school-age years, and likely across the lifespan. Early intervention involves a child’s entire family working closely with a team of professionals.
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These programs emphasize play-based interactions that encourage shared, or joint, attention and communication. Your child’s early intervention program should also enlist the appropriate specialists needed to address any autism-related sensory, speech, language, feeding and motor issues. Such specialists include occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and others.