The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages doctors to be aware of the signs of
autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and to be on the lookout for these signs during every well-child visit.
At the same time, the Academy urges parents to always let their pediatricians know of any concerns they may have about their child's behavior and development.
The AAP recommends
autism-specific screening when children are at 18 and 24 months of age; the sooner an intervention program is started, the better. However, children should be evaluated at any age if a parent or professional has concern about the possibility of an ASD.
Early Intervention for Children Ages 0-3
If ASD is suspected or diagnosed, parents should seek a referral for
early intervention and local specialists
speech therapy or behavioral intervention to promote social skills). Early intervention programs are specific for children zero to three years of age.
Intervention for Children Above Age 3
Above the age of three, a referral should be made to your
school district. Parents should make an effort to become as familiar as possible with available treatments and programs in their community, and support their child in learning the skills needed to be successful in the least restrictive educational setting.