Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Results from the High Risk Baby Siblings Research Consortium

Younger siblings of children with and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at increased risk for developing ASD and other developmental challenges. Over the past decade, researchers have been studying these ‘baby siblings’, to learn more about their early development, and identify the first signs and symptoms of ASD. This is deepening our understanding of the developmental course and causes of ASD.

In this statement, three questions are addressed:
1. If I have a child with ASD, how likely is it that my next child will have ASD or related developmental challenges?
2. What are the earliest signs of ASD and when do they appear?
3. What can parents do if they are concerned about their child’s development?

Read more. Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium, November 2013.