Early warning signs of Autism

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The new numbers on autism in America are astounding. One in 50 school-aged kids has an autism spectrum disorder. The warnings signs usually appear long, long before a child reaches school age. Experts say autism can generally be diagnosed as early as 18 months, and if the characteristics are really strong, it can be as early as 12 months.

So what are some of the early possible signs? The baby doesn't bring his or her hands to the mouth, doesn't smile or respond to loud sounds or doesn't watch things as they move.

Fox 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean talked with Louann Rinner of the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Rinner is the Kansas Ambassador for Act Early. For more on Act Early and developmental milestones for children, click here.

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