Autism is life changing in so many ways. That's why it's so important to have a diagnosis as early as possible. Your child's pediatrician is instrumental in explaining and helping you understand the various developmental stages.
Not all children reach stages of development at the same time, but find out when you should start to be concern. Trust your instincts as a parent. An affirmative autism diagnosis is not the end of the world. It is the beginning of a new way of life.
Interventions can help improve areas like speech, social behavior, functional behavior and learning skills. Just like with anything else, children will respond to interventions differently. Rate and level of success is based on the individual.
So remember Early Diagnosis (E) + Early Interventions (E) = Better Outcomes (B).