how old is your child?
if speech delay get referral from doc to see therapist
speech delay can be many things
therapist will not say autism, but will refer to another doctor if suspected by therapist
and YES can know if autism early on, if you think there is a possible issue, do not wait, no reason to wait to get your child all the help available. it can be very scary (all parents scared of word autism, but knowing does not make it so, it is what it is=knowledge is power)
my child referred to therapy for speech delay, therapists first taught me about SPD (sensory processing disorder) and then i read up, and KNEW it was more=autism. Birth to Three(federal program) is great, but only goes to three years old, come to your home, play therapy with child and parent learns how to ENGAGE child when playing, early knowledge is better than waiting, always time to have child fall off the spectrum later
at 10:52 AM on Apr. 4, 2011