The AAP offers resources for pediatricians to share with families to provide ongoing support and care for children and youth with ASD. Resources for families include booklets, brochures, hand-outs, and an expert-authored book.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Every Parent Needs to Know
This award-winning book is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with ASD. Prepared under the editorial direction of two pediatricians who are autism experts—one of whom is also the parent of a son with autism—this book helps parents understand how ASD is defined and diagnosed and provides information on the most current types of behavioral and developmental therapies.
Is Your Toddler Communicating With You
This brochure encourages parents to share any concerns they have about their baby's language development with their pediatrician as early as possible. It also provides early language and social milestones in a checklist format.
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn the Signs. Act Early program provides parents, childcare professionals, and pediatric clinicians free resources, in English and Spanish, for monitoring a child's development. The program offers parent-friendly, research-based milestone checklists for children as young as 2 months of age. The Milestone Tracker mobile app can help parents track their child's development and share the information with their pediatricians.
What Are the Early Signs of Autism?
This patient education handout discusses some of the early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children. Specifically, the handout points to a delay or lack of joint attention, language delays, and regression in developmental milestones.
HealthyChildren.org Autism Spectrum Disorder Pages
The Academy’s parent facing Web site, HealthyChildren.org, offers numerous articles in English and Spanish related to autism spectrum disorder. Two articles of particular relevance include What Are the Early Signs of Autism and How Pediatricians Screen for Autism.
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