Understand Developmental Milestones
If you are concerned about your child's development, it helps to understand the developmental milestones of a typical child. Reviewing these milestones will help you see whether your child's behavior and communication skills are on the right track.
While each child develops differently, some differences may indicate a slight delay and others may be a cause for greater concern.
Developmental Milestones by Age
Learn where typical children are at 3-4 months, 7 months, and between the ages of 1 and 5.
"It's Better to Know!" Learn About Developmental Milestones
This photo story follows a family as they learn that “It’s Better To Know” about developmental milestones. It’s Better To Know! was produced by the Organization for Autism Research with funding provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Trust your instincts. If you have concerns about your child’s development, the best thing to do is talk with your doctor."
Information for Parents and Toddlers on the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders
A summary statement directed at families, written by the world's leading experts on early diagnosis and early intervention here.
Learn More About Autism
If you feel your child hasn't been reaching the developmental milestones outlined in the resources above, the next step is to learn more about autism specifically.
There are a variety of tools on the Autism Speaks website to help better inform you about autism and its signs:
What is Autism?
This section of the Autism Speaks website contains information about the symptoms, diagnosis, prevalence, and treatment of autism, along with facts and answers to frequently asked questions. It also includes information about Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).
Ad Council Media Campaign
Autism Speaks' multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Visit this page to see the Autism Speaks television ads produced by the Ad Council over the years, including our most recent ad featuring fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.
Learn the Signs Quiz
Test your knowledge of the red flags of autism with this online interactive tool. This multiple choice quiz will help you confirm your understanding of autism and its signs.
Autism Video Glossary
The Autism Speaks Autism Video Glossary is an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as well as the various treatments.
This website is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and related disorders. First Signs aims to educate parents, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other professionals to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child.