I think my child may have autism. What should I do?
If you have concerns that your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delays, we encourage you to get connected with early intervention and other therapies as soon as possible, even before a formal diagnosis.
How to access intervention services
Every state provides free evaluations and services for children who need support.
For children under 3 years old, request a free developmental evaluation and early intervention services from your state agency for children birth to age three.
For children between 3-18 years old, access free evaluations and special education services through your local public school district (even if your child does not attend school yet). Contact your school district’s special education department for more information.
For all children: Ask your child’s medical doctor if referrals to any other specialists would be appropriate to address your areas of concern.
Common referrals include:
You may also want to pursue programs like Parents as Teachers or Head Start services.
Evaluation process at Children’s Mercy
We've made it easier for you to schedule an evaluation at Children’s Mercy by listing step-by-step directions. See all the details about how to schedule an evaluation for your child.
Already scheduled? Find out what to expect at your appointment.