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American School for the Deaf
Early diagnosis can help children with Autism [Commentary]
Early diagnosis can help children with Autism [Commentary]

My bookshelves attest to my worries. They hold book after book about parenting, about temperamental children, about children with sensory challenges, about raising boys, about how to get an accurate diagnosis for your child, about the importance of avoiding diagnostic labels for your child, and so on. Today, in hindsight, I know this: I was wasting precious time on the wrong things. Instead of looking in books and online for clues about my preschooler, our youngest of two sons, I should have acted sooner, been more persistent with his pediatrician about my concerns, and called my county's Infants & Toddlers program. Ultimately, my son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder,...