Case Study

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder

portrait of toddler
Patient
Hank
Sex
Male
Age
17 months

Alissa brings her 17-month-old son, Hank, to your office because she is concerned about his hearing. He has not been responding lately when Alissa calls his name. You probe for details and learn that in addition to what seems to be possible hearing difficulties, Hank does not smile back at his mother when she smiles at him. He has also lost interest in playing “peek-a-boo” and stopped using simple words like “no” and “mama” that he used to say.  

After listening to Hank’s history, you must decide how to respond to Alissa’s concerns. Should you wait and see, or be proactive? Your decision is key to this child’s future.

If you “wait and see”:

If you are proactive:

Why it Matters

ASD is a serious, lifelong condition that is often associated with other medical conditions and disorders. Monitoring for red flags that may indicate ASD, responding to parent concerns proactively, and screening for ASD are critical steps to effective early intervention.

Next Steps

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