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Monday is World Autism Awareness Day.
The Centers for Disease Control now estimates 1 in 88 children have autism in the U.S.
Experts say the best thing parents can do is educate themselves about the early warning signs. Some red flags include no babbling, pointing, reaching, or waving by 12 months. No words by 16 months and any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age. Some other signs to look for include poor eye contact and a child who resists cuddling and holding.
While the symptoms of autism may not be obvious until after a child's first
birthday, a recent study Autism Speaks funded shows an MRI can detect
changes in the brain of autistic children as early as six months.
With early intervention, some children can make significant progress, and it can make it easier for the parents.