According to research, a reliable diagnosis of autism can be made in children younger than two years, and as young as 10-months old.
Research proves that children are most responsive to intervention when they are in their early years. So, when a reliable diagnosis is made during the preschool years, early intervention results in a far greater likelihood of the child experiencing improved development – particularly in language and intellectual development.
Receiving a diagnosis can be an emotionally difficult time, but with an early diagnosis you and your family, and the educators who work with your child, can make decisions about implementing early intervention programs, learn more about ASD, and plan for the future.
Further reading: Support for your child