Autism Symptoms & Diagnoses

Spot the signs of autism (symptoms can include lack of affection and inability to say words) and make sure to talk to your child's pediatrician for a proper diagnosis.

The ABCs of Asperger's Syndrome: An A-to-Z Guide to Understanding the Symptoms of Asperger's

One woman and her grandson use the alphabet to explain personal perspectives on this mild form of autism.

Early Signs of Autism

This video from the Kennedy Krieger Institute, in Baltimore, features three children who show early signs of autism spectrum disorder playing with toys and interacting and communicating with others. It compares the footage on each of these children to that of typical children in the same situations. aIt helps parents to articulate to their pediatrician any behaviors that concern them,ay says Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

We May Be Able to Diagnose Autism Before Age 1

Researchers say a new test may be able to predict an autism diagnosis before a child's first birthday.

A Test for Autism Risk: Head Lag

A simple test developed by the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore may be able to help determine whether a child will develop autism and other forms of developmental delays. The pull-to-sit test, done in infants as young as six months old, monitors whether or not a child has head lag, or trouble controlling his neck and head. While the test is not a diagnosis, children with head lag have a higher risk of autism or other social or communication delays.

How to Handle Your Child's Autism Diagnosis

When your child is diagnosed on the autism spectrum, what should you do? How should you cope? Here are resources to help you become your child's strongest advocate.

The Importance of Early Detection

If a child is diagnosed with autism, there's a lot parents and therapists can do -- if it's caught early.

U.S. Parents Rate Their Kids' Autism Symptoms More Severely Than Other Countries

Culture may play a role in the degree to which certain ASD behaviors are perceived as problematic, says a new study that includes multiple countries.

Understanding Autism

With a rise in diagnosed cases and a sea of conflicting information, autism is a condition that leaves many parents terrified. Yet affected families have every reason to be hopeful about the future.

What Is Autism?

One challenge in helping kids with the disorder is defining it, but there are three common symptoms. Watch this video from the Child Mind Institute.

Understanding Autism: Sensory Issues

For people with Autism, one of the biggest setbacks can be sensory overload. Crowds, loud noises, and changes can all cause confusion or upset a child with sensory sensitivity. Video courtesy of interactingwithautism.com

The ABCs of Autism

Causes, symptoms, and treatments of autism in children.

Living Life with Sensory Issues

Going about everyday life can be overwhelming for somebody living with sensory issues. For someone with autism, something simple like going to a restaurant can be a difficult experience. Video courtesy of interactingwithautism.com

Dealing with the Diagnosis

The number of kids affected is staggering, but an early diagnosis can make a dramatic difference.

Could an iPad Game Diagnose Autism in Kids?

New research points to yes!

Pregnancy Timing and Autism Risk: One Mom's Thoughts on a New Study

Sometimes I come across a study on autism--like this one--that doesn't seem to add much to the conversation and seems only to cause more confusion or fear.