Check out this relatively recent article in the Squamish Reporter by my colleague, Sylvia Hunter, BCBA. Click here to go to the article.
If you are concerned about your toddler's development, there is a screener call the M-CHAT that can be used as a tool to determine relative risk of autism. This is not a diagnostic tool, but something that you can use to facilitate conversations with your doctor when you discuss your concerns. Click here for M-CHAT.
I recently saw Dr. Ainsley Boudreau speak on this topic, and I am inspired to implement her strategies with my clients if parents/schools are open to it. Check out her video here: Peer-Mediated Pivotal Response Treatment.