As many parents of autistic children have experienced, we too heard those words from our family pediatrician that sometimes can be a kiss of death in the early intervention of a child with autism, “Well, let’s wait and see how he does over the next year. Some kids just develop later than others.” It is my hope that more pediatricians and family practice physicians begin to screen even earlier for autism than AAP guidelines during their pediatric checks. In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics published guidelines recommending that all children be screened for autism at their 18 and 24 month well baby checkups. Wait and see approaches are DEAD! That can be so detrimental to your child if he or she does in fact have autism. New parents, especially those having their first child, need to be cognizant of the early warning signs that are very telling on a child’s early behavioral and cognitive development.
Here is a website you can visit to learn more about early warning signs for a developmental disability. www.firstsigns.org