Early diagnosis key to treating autism

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The challenge of treating autism lies in identifying the disorder at an early age.

“The sooner the diagnosis, the better outcome you are going to have,” said Lewes pediatrician Dr. Jay Ludwicki.

He said parents should rely on children’s well checks to diagnose symptoms, which generally present themselves by 15 and 18 months and as early as 12 months. Those symptoms can range depending on the degree of the neurological disorder, which affects the functioning of the brain.

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