Breaking Down Myths About Autism

There's a popular myth -- one of several surrounding autism -- that you can't diagnose this disease until a child is well into childhood. In reality, the signs are evident as early as 18 months of age, or sometimes even sooner. The signs often show up early in a baby's life: He doesn't babble or coo like other infants. Later, he may fail to gesture, point or make eye contact.


Autism is a neurological disorder that effects social interaction, cognitive abilities and emotional development. Early intervention and public awareness, coupled with strong research efforts are making huge strides to improve the quality of life for autistic individuals.