Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed

November 08, 2020

How ADHD and Sensory Processing Issues Can Prevent Early Intervention

For children on the autism spectrum, very early social skills training, preferably before school age, can have a major impact on later development. But many kids are missing that crucial intervention. For many, it’s not because they’re not getting diagnosed—it’s because they’re getting a different diagnosis first. Often, it’s ADHD, diagnosed by a pediatrician at age 2 or 3. Or parents are told that their child has sensory processing issues. Then, the autism isn’t picked up until the demands of school and social situations increase. 

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