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Poll Results: How early can autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) be detected?

6 months old
45%
(19)
18 months old
36%
(15)
24 months old
19%
(8)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) can often be detected as early as 18 months. While all children should be watched to make sure they are reaching developmental milestones on time, children in high-risk groups—such as children who have a parent or brother or sister with an ASD—should be watched extra closely. A child with any of the warning signs should be checked by a health care professional.

Research shows that early intervention can greatly improve a child’s development. “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”

(From Autism Spectrum Disorders, CDC)

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