What is ASD?
"Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. ASD begins before the age of 3 years and can last throughout a person’s life, although symptoms may improve over time. As children with ASD become adolescents and young adults, they may have difficulties developing and maintaining friendships, communicating with peers and adults, or understanding what behaviors are expected in school or on the job." - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2023
According to the Centers for Disease Control, developmental milestones are things that most children are able to do by a certain age. The CDC categorizes milestones into a few groups: Social/Emotional, Language/Communication, Cognitive, and Movement/Physical Development. See the document below for the CDC's developmental milestone guidelines. If you are concerned that your child is not meeting milestones according to these guidelines, we suggest you speak to your child's primary care physician. The earlier a developmental delay is addressed, the better!
CDC's Developmental Milestone Guidelines
See the list below for links to additional resources.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023, June 6). CDC’s Developmental Milestones. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, December 9). What is autism spectrum disorder?. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html
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