Early Detection of Autism

As a parent, keeping a close eye on your child’s interactions during their early years is important in monitoring your child’s development and detecting potential signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This complex condition affects children differently, and early detection and early intervention can be transformative to overall growth and development.

The article on page 1, Understanding Your Child’s Developmental Milestones, describes how the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards provide insight into your child’s learning and development that might help you detect signs of developmental delay or ASD.

If you feel that your child is not reaching developmental milestones, inform their pediatrician. In addition, contact Early Steps and inquire about intervention services provided to eligible infants and toddlers up to age 36 months. You may also contact the Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) for diagnostic screening, placement coordination and training offered to families. The Division of Early Learning’s Warm Line services also provide consultation and support. To locate a Warm Line Specialist, contact your local early learning coalition.

Early intervention is key to ensuring your child has the best possible developmental outcomes.