If a parent comes to a doctor's office with concerns a screening should be scheduled immediately. Because I believe that it causes more stress not to screen that it does to screen.
We would like to urge early referral of children who have signs of autism. This is especially important now that we have treatments that can be helpful and improve outcomes and later childhood and adult life.
The human brain is very plastic. It is capable of changing, especially before the age of 5 when significant changes in the neural network are possible.
This plasticity lends itself to many of the therapeutic interventions that we now have and we know work.
It so important for young children to receive early intervention services as early as possible because of that neural plasticity of the young brain.
As providers of primary pediatric care, we will encounter. Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders at a frequency equal to or greater than children with cancer, diabetes, spinal Bifida Down syndrome, may be considered extremely important that we picked up these children early and just like these other disorders, early intervention is so important with these children that being able to identify them early and intervene early is something that we should be paramount to mind we should be vigilant in our assessment of the children to find them early.
A referral of a child who you suspect to have autism can be made to the infant and toddler program through the local public school system