Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified, and autism were replaced by the term, “autism spectrum disorder” in the 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 (DSM-5).
One of the most important things you can do as a parent or
caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism spectrum disorder and become familiar with the
typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.
The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If you child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:
The Washington State Health Care Authority offers an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy benefit to all Medicaid clients with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. In order for a child to be eligible for ABA therapy through Medicaid, a recognized Center of Excellence (COE) must have conducted a comprehensive evaluation, and written an order for ABA within the last two years. Find Centers of Excellence near you: Center of Excellence (COE) link
More information about the ABA benefit: ABA Providers Directory
Despite the fact that most parents felt something was wrong by 18 months of age, most children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after 4 years of age.