Autism Can't Be Detected until Kids Are at Least Two
Myth. In a 2007 study, researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md., reported identifying autism in children as young as 14 months. Early signs: not babbling or sitting independently after six months and not making eye contact or smiling at one year. “That does not necessarily mean a child has autism,” says speech pathologist Rebecca Landa, director of the Center for Autism & Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. But it’s a good idea to get an assessment, and, if necessary, to start intervention early when the brain is “more malleable,” she says.