In the Inbox, we received a number of comments about our show "A Conversation about Autism."
Nehemiah Owens wrote "First I would like to say thank you for having such an educational and informative show that the community can watch. My question is at what age should kids be screened for autism?"
We asked Nehemiah's question to Betty Lehman who is the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Colorado. She says there is current research that asserts autism can be detected as early as six months of age, but that the American Academy of Pediatrics has mandated every kid be screened between a year and a half and two years old.
Gregg Whelen is the President of Stomp Out the Silence of Autism and Disabilities (SOS-AD). He wrote "Great Show, SOS-AD…is opening Hawkeye Ranch center for autism in the future, to provide a living center for adults with autism having IQs over 70. This will be the first of its kind in the state."
Gregg says you can learn more by going to www.sosautism.org.
Laura also wanted us to mention a program called Early Childhood Connections. She says "For kids 0-3, keep in mind to utilize services with Early Childhood Connections. They are all over the state. (http://www.earlychildhoodconnections.org) Also kids 0-5 should be evaluated by their local school district's Child Find Team for recommendations. They have a lot of experience with kids with autism and can help parents get hooked up with therapists, Medicaid, etc…"
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