Lurie Center for Autism: Beginning Childhood Ages 0-3

The Lurie Center is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of conditions including autism, autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome and developmental delays.

As a parent, you may wonder if your child is meeting developmental milestones like other children of the same age. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor.  Often pediatricians use a screening tool called the MCHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) at Well Child Visits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends standardized screening tests for developmental disorders be administered regularly at the 9, 18, and 24 or 30-month visits.

Sometimes you may want your child to be evaluated by a specialist, such as a pediatric neurologist, developmental pediatrician or psychologist. The specialist may observe and interact with your child while playing to assess your child’s developmental skills. 
They may also ask questions about your child’s developmental milestones such as:

                  How does your child communicate?
                  How does your child play?
                  How does your child interact with others?
                  Do you have concerns about your child’s motor skills?

Recognizing the signs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) early allows your child to get services.  It is widely recognized that early diagnosis and intervention may dramatically increase the likelihood for positive developmental outcomes.

For children under age 3 with developmental delays, the main service providers are the local Early Intervention Programs administered under the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. These programs provide services in the child’s home and community. In Massachusetts, children under age 3 diagnosed with ASD are entitled by law to receive intensive services such as ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) or Floortime through the Early Intervention's Specialty Service Providers

If you live in another state, contact your Department of Public Health to learn which agency may help.          

Additional information about treatments for ASD can be found at The National Autism Center's National Standard Project.

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