ASDs affect 1 in 68 children in the United States, including 1 in 42 boys. While all children develop differently, there are warning signs that a child may have an ASD.
Treatment is most effective when started at a young age. This makes early detection very important — as a parent, your best tool is being informed.
ASDs include different diagnoses. Symptoms range from mild to severe depending on the diagnosis. The most common are:
ASD symptoms begin before age three. Early screening can tell if your child is at risk. While the symptoms last throughout a person’s life, they may improve over time. These symptoms may indicate that your child is at risk for an ASD:
If you think your child has an ASD, make an appointment with your child’s doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment can improve outcomes.
ASDs are treated by a team of professionals. The group can include a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and pediatrician.
The first step in diagnosing and treating ASDs is to perform tests, including neurological and psychological assessments, plus cognitive and language tests. The results will set a baseline and help your child’s team develop a treatment plan.
There are many different therapies to treat ASDs, including:
Your team will work together to find out what works best for your child. Your benefit plan may not cover all of these therapies. Check your benefits to find out what your plan covers.
If your child has an ASD, help is available. You can start by: