07/31/2013 12:27 pm ET

Our Autism-Phobia


Sometimes I wish I had never been trained to diagnose autism. Because of my expertise, people often ask me about their children’s development. “Do you think he’s OK?” a friend might inquire, darting nervous glances at her toddler. Often what triggers concern is that the child is late to meet a particular developmental milestone -- not uttering his first words at the textbook age of 12 months, for example.

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