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What should I do if I think my child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you suspect that your child may have one of the autism spectrum disorders, you should talk to your doctor. Early diagnosis can lead to more successful treatment. Signs of autism spectrum disorders may include failing to make babbling noises or hand gestures by one year, failing to use words at appropriate ages, and suddenly losing language or social skills.

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