This exemplary volume brings together truly state of the art discussions of new concepts and methods in the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders autism has gone from a rare poorly understood disorder to a well defined syndrome that is now recognized as more common than down syndrome epilepsy or cancer in . Diagnosis your childs doctor will look for signs of developmental delays at regular checkups if your child shows any symptoms of autism spectrum disorder youll likely be referred to a specialist who treats children with autism spectrum disorder such as a child psychiatrist or psychologist pediatric neurologist or developmental pediatrician for an evaluation. Autism spectrum disorders in infants and toddlers an introduction fred r volkmar katarzyna chawarska ami klin i n his original report on the syndrome of early infantile autism leo kanner 1943 1968 indicated that autism was a congenital disorder although a minority of children seem to develop autism after some. Introduction autism spectrum disorder asd is a neurodevelopmental disability characterized by impaired communication social reciprocity and rigid repetitive behaviors the disorder is increasingly diagnosed with an estimated 1 in 68 children affected this paper reviews recent studies examining the rates of bullying adverse childhood experiences aces and reports of maltreatment . Infants and toddlers academy of pediatrics now recommends that the 18 and 24 month well check ups also include developmental screening for autism spectrum disorders asds for all children without early intervention the symptoms of autism can worsen resulting in more costly treatment over the course of a lifetime
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