Children should be screened twice for autism by the time they are 2 years old, says a leading pediatricians group. Although there is no cure for autism, early therapy can help lessen symptoms, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in two reports released today. The group lists warning signs parents can watch for, including not babbling and not pointing to toys.
The new guidelines reflect an increased awareness of the condition, reports the AP. Still, doctors caution parents not to be overly worried. "With awareness comes concern when there doesn't always need to be," says one pediatrician. "These resources will help educate the reader as to which things you really need to be concerned about."