Connecticut Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Act Early is a national campaign to improve the early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can receive the services and support that they need. This initiative was created by the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and other federal partners.

Regular screening allows both professionals and families to celebrate progress and identify useful supports for children who have a developmental delay. Developmental screenings are recommended and useful for all children because early treatment and intervention will help children reach their potential. Screenings are short tests that assess a child’s development and help identify delays.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening for children at 9 months, 18 months, and 24 or 30 months. Usually children can be diagnosed with autism at 24 months.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional Resources

Connecticut Guidelines for a Clinical Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Connecticut Guidelines for a Clinical Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Free Milestone Tracker App

Free Milestone Tracker App

Tools for Tracking Milestones

Tools for Tracking Milestones

Children's Books

Where is Bear Children's Book

Development Checklists

Development Checklists

Milestones in Action

Milestones in Action

Tips for When There’s a Developmental Concern

Tips for When There’s a Developmental Concern

How to Talk with the Doctor Tip Sheet

How to Talk with the Doctor Tip Sheet

Information for Families