I have a quick question whats the youngest someone can be diagnosed with ASD?
Not sure if makes a difference but I have 2 other children who have been diagnosed already, just my youngest as I keep being told she is too young for them to say
I'm not sure... but you might find some answers here:
Quote: 'Children can be diagnosed as autistic when they’re quite young, in some cases from the age of two.'
Thank you for the reply.
hat was my understanding too but my little girl is 29 months so over the 2 years but they keep telling me that they cant say for sure she has ASD because of her age BUT they have said repeatedly she has a LOT of autistic traits
Hm. Any chance of a second opinion from somewhere? Can your GP help in any way? Or maybe someone at pre-school? Are the traits she's exhibiting similar to those with the other two at that age?
again not sure where to go for a second opinion as she's being assessed by pediatrics at the hospital, she was referred by the health visitor
As Martian Tom says, children can be diagnosed as early as 2 years old in some cases - however, your doctor might feel that 29 months is still too early to make a definitive diagnosis, and want to wait until your daughter is older in order to have more information and give you a better informed decision, since I think most doctors would prefer to wait and be sure rather than jump the gun and risk making a misdiagnosis. If you want to speak to someone from the NAS directly to discuss further please call the helpline on 0808 800 4104 - http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/about-us/contact-us.aspx
Ross - mod