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ERIC Number: EJ945688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Early Signs of Autism: How to Support Families and Navigate Referral Procedures
Nuner, Joyce E.; Griffith, Amy C. Stevens
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v39 n1 p12-20 2011
Early care and education providers often are the first to notice children's developmental differences because their extensive knowledge about and experience with typical development is a baseline frame for recognizing differences. Educators of young children are aware that the earlier children with developmental delays, such as those caused by hearing loss or autism, receive intervention, the better their long-term outcomes are likely to be. Early childhood professionals also seek to thoughtfully bring developmental concerns to a family's attention. This article reviews early characteristics of autism, recommends screening procedures, discusses how families might respond when informed, and outlines steps to refer children and their families for early intervention. In order to make accurate referrals, early educators must first be knowledgeable about the early clues or symptomatic behavior that children with autism exhibit. (Contains 2 tables, 2 resources and 3 online resources.)
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A