Autism: Facts and Fiction

A look at what's true--and what's not--about this increasingly common disorder (12 Photos)

Karen Springen on Apr 12, 2010 at 1:27PM

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Autism: Facts and Fiction

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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.

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