Follow this link to a short article on the normal development cycle for a child with autism. In fact, there are two development cycles - one for children with an early diagnosis of autism (14 months) and the other for children who are typically identified between 24 - 36 months of age.
1. Rebecca J. Landa, Alden L. Gross, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Ashley
Trajectories in Children With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorders: The First
3 Years. Child
Development, 2012; DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01870.