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What age can kids be evaluated?

Posted by on Oct. 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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At what age can kids be evaluated for autism? My oldest son was tested right before his 6th birthday. I brought up to my pediatrician that I believe my youngest son (he turned 2 in June) was somewhere on the spectrum. He referred us to babies can't wait program for early intervention, but I don't think it's enough. He gets seen for 1 hour every other week, He is completely nonverbal and he will not follow instructions with some of the tests my oldest son had when he was tested. Is he too young to be tested?

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michelles89
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM
My ds was evaluated at 17 months
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lady_katie
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

My son turned 2 in July and he was diagnosed in August. Most people would agree that autism can be reliably diagnosed around 18 months of age, but I have heard of babies being diagnosed before their first birthday. 

kajira
by Emma on Oct. 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Birth to 3 can do a basic screening, they can then decide if oyu need to see an autism specialist and can give you a referral.


EthansMomma2010
by Bronze Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM
You need to fight for a screening. Typical age for the ados is 2 years old
darbyakeep45
by Darby on Oct. 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

My son's regular pediatrician referred to him a developmental pediatrician at 12 months old.  They watched him closely and we came back when he was 18 months old...at that time, they did a screening for Autism then he saw an Autism Specialist who did a full evaluation and then he was diagnosed with Autism.

Jodee24
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM
My daughter started early intervention at 16 months and diagnosed with autism at 20 months. Good luck!!!
rhiannonaisling
by Melanie on Oct. 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

They want to test as early as possible (12-18 months to start testing). They can have a completed diagnosis by 2 years (though some people have told me it takes a little longer to get it)...so get him in as early as possible.

SamMom912
by Gold Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM

My son got early intervention at 18 months.. Pt, ot, speech (for artic, he started speaking at 9 months) sensory integraton, family play therapist. By 2 he had a seit in a small preschool setting ( school was not provided by district, but out of pocket)  fir 4 hours a week. 

We were refered to a ped neurologist at 2.5 who watched, waited, and tested at 3.5 and gave DX at 3.5. We have had 3 subsequent tests, he is now 7. 

Rosebud27aj
by Amanda on Oct. 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

My youngest was diagnosed around 19 months. 

momofblueeyes04
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM
I am new at all this what is an autism screening what exactly do they do my daughter is 9 and was diagnosed with autism but all the psychiatrist did was ask question to me and her and going off of her answers and her behavior made a diagnosis is there somewhere se I should go. Her school is getting ready to do testing is that the same as screening


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At what age can kids be evaluated for autism? My oldest son was tested right before his 6th birthday. I brought up to my pediatrician that I believe my youngest son (he turned 2 in June) was somewhere on the spectrum. He referred us to babies can't wait program for early intervention, but I don't think it's enough. He gets seen for 1 hour every other week, He is completely nonverbal and he will not follow instructions with some of the tests my oldest son had when he was tested. Is he too young to be tested?


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