Getting Referrals

How to get a referral for a screening

As a parent, you know your child and can spot potential signs of autism early on. Speak to your pediatrician or pediatric nurse practitioner to get a referral for a screening.

Empower yourself as a parent and advocate

  • Monitor the development of your child. Keep an eye on how your child is developing socially, emotionally, and cognitively. While developmental delays do not equate to autism, they can be one of its characteristics.
  • If you are concerned, take actions. If you have any concerns or have questions, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner right away.
  • Trust your instincts.

Not sure what to look for?

See a list of early indicators of autism

What to expect at an intake meeting

This video series, produced by the Individual Education Program Technical Assistance Center (IEP TA Center), shows a simulation of a preschool special education intake.

Watch the series

What do I do after I get a referral from a medical professional?

Finally, remember the needs of other members of your family (and your own)!