The time to seek an evaluation is as soon as you begin to suspect that your child does not function or behave like other children his age. Observations from teachers, relatives, friends, and other parents may be your first indication that your child may have Asperger’s Disorder. Repeated feedback from others, even if you don’t agree, should warrant an evaluation. Even if a diagnosis is not determined at the time, symptoms can be defined and interventions can begin. Research repeatedly shows that the earlier the detection and treatment, the better the long-term outcome for the child and family.
Unfortunately, many parents are reluctant to seek an evaluation and hold out hope that their child will outgrow the symptoms, believing it to be a phase. The average age a child is diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder is ten to eleven years. What makes this so alarming is that the average parent began to suspect problems when their child was two and a half years old, resulting in their child going eight or nine years without services. Research suggests that 10 percent of individuals with Asperger’s Disorder are not diagnosed until after the age of twenty, going their entire childhood without services.