A terrific thing to do during the terrible two's!
According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, have your children tested for autism. Not once...but TWICE!
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A recent CNN article regarding autism prevention draws testimonials from mothers and autism experts who regret to see that children with the condition are often not being screened early enough.
From CNN's Pediatricians Urge Early Autism Screening:
Dr. Pauline Filipek, a child neurologist at the University of California-Irvine, said she hears much too often that even when parents push pediatricians, the doctors miss the signs of autism.
"I hear this from parents all the time, that the pediatrician said, 'Don't worry,' or 'You're imagining things' or 'Let's wait,' " Filipek said. "When I give lectures to pediatricians, I tell them, 'Get these phrases out of your lexicon. Get them out of your vocabulary.' "
Earlier diagnosis is crucial, she said, because it means earlier treatment.
So heed these words! They're not for the birds! Remember the two's! It's not a time just for screaming! It's a time for autism screening!
Dr. Pauline A. Filipek clinically specializes in children with developmental disorders. She has received many grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and other foundations such as the National Alliance for Autism Research. Most recently, Dr. Filipek was the recipient of a $6+ million grant from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County to improve early recognition and treatment of young children with autism. She practices at the CHOC UCI NeuroDevelopmental Center in Orange, California.