Dr. Volkmar explains if young children can be diagnosed with autism.
The diagnosis of autism seems to be getting earlier and earlier as a result of earlier detection. Parents are concerned earlier, and they express concern to the pediatricians who take it seriously, and there are more instruments for looking, for screening for high potential autism in very young children.
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.