When Are Symptoms Noticed?
Autism is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 3 years old, even though development differences can show earlier. Symptoms of autism do not develop all at once. Instead, specific symptoms begin to be noticed by parents at different times as a child progresses through developmental stages.
Many children with ASD display developmental differences as early as infancy. At this age, the differences are primarily in the areas of social and language skills. They tend to be subtler symptoms that are difficult to detect by parents at this age. Some examples could be differences in communication changes, early language skills, and interaction with others. These types of differences are generally easier to notice as a child ages out of infancy. During infancy, other skills, like motor skills, may appear to develop on time, which can make the detection of autism of even more difficult.
There are autism tests that can be administered by licensed clinicians as early as 18 months. However, It is more common that testing happens later once a child ages and symptoms become more obvious to parents. Early testing has the benefit of early treatment with stronger, long-term clinical results.
The screening below is designed to identify signs of autism in children aged 16 to 30 months. Please note that this is only meant to function as a quick screener, not a formal assessment or diagnosis. Formal testing is needed to diagnose autism.
Screener results will be either Low, Medium, or High Risk. When you receive the score, included will be recommendations for next steps.
The screener can help parents identify next steps and interventions at an early age. Early support through ABA Therapy is one of the most effective ways to improve long-term outcomes in young children with autism.