Dr. Volkmar shares what a mother can do if she believes her child has autism.
Interestingly, the pediatricians have been mandated by the American Academy of Pediatrics to screen for autism. So there’s much more awareness of pediatric, on the part of pediatricians than there used to be, which is great. And so pediatricians are now screening often at 18 and 24 months, and they are often very good sources of information.
About Dr. Volkmar, M.D.:
Fred Volkmar, M.D. is the director of the Yale University Child Study Center and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at Yale University, where he heads the university's autism research and autism clinic. He is also Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental nature of autism and developing better guidelines to diagnose autism and related conditions.