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8. Who should be evaluated for ASD?

In every child who has any type of speech delay, the question of ASD must arise. Recent recommendations by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) specify some general early guidelines in that regard. These include:

  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No pointing or waving bye-bye by 1 year
  • No single words by 16 months
  • No spontaneous 2-word sentences (for communication, not repetition) by 2 years
  • Any loss of acquired speech or communication skills at any age

Several speech developmental screening and rating scales are suggested by the AAN but the above guidelines cover the vast majority of children that require a more specific evaluation.

Other topics in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) section:
ASD Main Page
1. What is ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?
2. How is ASD diagnosed?
3. The DSMV V criteria for ASD
4. What is PDD and Asperger's disorder?
5. How does a typical child with ASD present?
6. The ASD assessment scale/screening questionnaire
7. Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
8. Who should be evaluated for ASD?
9. What are the causes of ASD?
10. Laboratory testing guidelines
11. What is the best treatment for ASD?
12. Behavioral modification
13. Prognosis (long term outcome) of ASD
14. Differential diagnosis for ASD
15. ASD and the educational (school) system
16. Associations related to ASD
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