Although Autism is usually diagnosed at 3 years old, it can be diagnosed as early as 12 months old. Diagnosing early on will lead to increased outcomes in motor, sensory, and social skills. Since an infant’s brain is much more malleable than a toddler’s, they will be able to learn these skills with more ease.
Infants who are 6 to 12 months in age should be observed closely for any signs of developmental delays. Some common indicators of Autism during this time are: poor eye contact, delays in motor development, rarely smiles, displays of unusual body movements, and delayed babbling. If you notice any of these signs in your infant, it is important to consult with your pediatrician or family doctor who can perform an evaluation for your child.
There are several New York based organizations and programs that also offer Autism evaluation and can provided continued care. A few to consider are:
In the Child Study Center, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Service specializes in identifying social and communication difficulties in children as young as 12 months old.
At Child Mind Institute, evaluations are care are tailored to the unique needs of each child. Treatment is accessible and parent-friendly.
Through the New York State Education Department, New York Center for Child Development provides evaluations based on the needs of the child. Evaluations are available in any language required.
Applied Behavioral Counseling provides home-based behavioral therapy. From assessment to care, they will partner with you to ensure the right care for your child.
We understand that Autism testing can be complicated and we are here if you need us. To learn more about Eden II’s services, please contact us today.