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Information for Families


This section of the website has tools and information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for families.

If You’re Concerned – Act Early!

If you think your child might have an ASD or you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, or acts, contact your child’s doctor as soon as possible, and share your concerns.

Photo: familyFacts about ASD
Find information about ASD, including symptoms, risk factors, screening, treatments, and what to do if you’re concerned.

Developmental Milestones
Your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. Visit our webpage to see milestones that children should reach from 3 months to 5 years of age, plus interactive tools to help keep track of the milestones.

Screening & Diagnosis
Learn about the developmental screening process and diagnosing ASD.

Treatments
Information about various treatment options for ASD, including behavioral and communication approaches, biomedical and dietary approaches, medication approaches, and complementary approaches.

Living with an ASD
Find information and resources for living with an ASD, including independent living, transitions, and health.

Resource Kit for Parents 
The free Parent Resource Kit contains information on developmental milestones by age (3 months to 5 years), developmental screening, and a growth chart.

Positive Parenting Tips
Find tips for positive parenting and child safety tips by age (birth – 17 years).

Links to Other Websites 
Find more information and resources on ASD for families from other organizations, including a kit to help families get through the first steps of an autism diagnosis, a parent’s guide to assessment and research, and more.

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