Early intervention may be delayed for autism spectrum disorders because children have not received a formal diagnosis. Parents often notice the features of ASD from an early age. Speech and communication difficulties and behavior problems were the most often reported. This study was designed to document how parents described the features that caused them to be concerned.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health 14(1), 31–36Mothers’ Recollections of Early Features of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Roy McConkey, Maria Truesdale-Kennedy, and Arlene Cassidy. (2009)