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When should I see a pediatrician about my child's development?

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The earlier treatment for autism spectrum disorder begins, the more like it is to be effective.

Make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician if your child doesn’t meet these milestones, or meets but loses them:

  • Smiles by 6 months
  • Imitates facial expressions or sounds by 9 months
  • Coos or babbles by 12 months
  • Gestures (points or waves) by 14 months
  • Speaks with single words by 16 months and uses phrases of two words or more by 24 months
  • Plays pretend or “make-believe” by 18 months

From: What Are the Symptoms of Autism? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).”

National Autism Association: “Signs of Autism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Autism spectrum disorder.”

Autism Speaks: “Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 18, 2016

SOURCES:

CDC: “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).”

National Autism Association: “Signs of Autism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Autism spectrum disorder.”

Autism Speaks: “Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 18, 2016

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