Table of Contents
- What are developmental milestones?
- Why are developmental milestones important?
- How is Autism spectrum disorder different from development delays?
- Development delay vs Autism Spectrum Disorder – The Major Differences
- Development delay vs Developmental Delay vs Autism Spectrum Disorder – The Key Differences and Similarities
- Are Developmental Delays a Sure Way of Detecting Autism?
- Be it Developmental Delay or Autism, Early Intervention is Important
What are development milestones?
Why are development milestones important?
- Meeting developmental milestones on time is a sign that a child is progressing normally. This is also called neurotypical development.
- Early achievement of developmental milestones may suggest that a child is ahead of their peers in terms of development.
- But not reaching milestones on time, or reaching them much later than other children, is a developmental delay – a warning sign or red flag.
How is Autism spectrum disorder different from developmental delays?
Developmental delay is a general term for when a child’s development falls behind in one or more areas. Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and behavior.
Developmental Delay vs Autism Spectrum Disorder - The Major Differences
Developmental Delay vs Autism Spectrum Disorder - The Key Differences and Similarities
Are Developmental Delays a Sure Way of Detecting Autism?
Remember, developmental delays are not a sure way of detecting autism. Due to their neurodivergent behavior, missed developmental milestones can often be masked in autistic children.
FRAT® is a laboratory developed test (LDT) and performed in a CLIA-certified lab, ensuring the quality and validity of the test. FRAT® has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please consult your physician.
Be it Developmental Delay or Autism, Early Intervention is Important
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- CDC, Autism Spectrum Disorder
- NIH, Is Autism Inborn and Lifelong for Everyone?
- CDC, Important Milestones: Your Baby By Nine Months
- CDC, Autism Signs
- NIH, Prevalence and Developmental Profiles of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children With Global Developmental Delay