The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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The number of children diagnosed with autism, a developmental disorder that impairs social and communication skills, has been rising—about 1 percent of children in the United States have been diagnosed with it or one of the milder autism spectrum disorders (ASD). But researchers are making strides in understanding them. Here are some of the newest findings:
A quick screening test given to babies at 12 months old can help identify those who may have an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delays, according to a new study. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends screening at 18 months and 24 months. "If you have a concern about your baby's development, discuss it with your pediatrician as soon as possible," says Halladay. — Laurie Tarkan