As a parent or caregiver, one of the most important things we can do is to recognize the early signs of autism in our child. Familiarizing ourselves with the common developmental milestones that our child should be reaching during their first years can make a tremendous impact both early on and later in life for the child and the family.
Though autism spectrum disorders range from mild to severe, a diagnosis is an important turning point in a lifetime journey. A reliable diagnosis of autism during infancy and toddlerhood creates an opportunity for early treatment and intervention.
Autistic children ages zero to six (pre-kindergarten) are entitled to "early intervention" services which are provided as a tool to help lead them on a path towards having the highest-quality of life while living with autism.
The chart below, describes key behaviors to help track your child’s social and cognitive development during their early years.
If concerned about your infant or toddler’s development, reach out to your pediatrician or family practitioner for support to see if an early-start evaluation is recommended.