If you haven't seen your doctor, that's the first step.
You can ask for a referral to a psychologist or developmental pediatrician who is qualified to administer testing and provide a diagnosis of autism if warranted.
Connect with local autism groups for support and information.
In the Ottawa-Carleton region, there are resources available for families, connect with these organizations for help. See the resource page for links.
Provincially funded intervention is available, but has a very long wait time. Some families choose to invest in privately paid intervention.
Connecting Early can provide you with early intervention services for your child and family at this critical time.
Parents who have concerns about their child's development should speak with their health care professional as soon as possible.
Not all children diagnosed with autism will have all of these symptoms, and some children may display a few of these symptoms without being diagnosed with autism.
Only a medical doctor or psychologist can diagnose autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.