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- does not babble or coo by 12 months
- does not gesture ( point, wave, gesture) by 12 months
- does not say single words by 16 months
- does not say two words phrases on his or her own by 24 months
- has any loss of any language or social skills at any age
If your child has any of these red flags it does not mean that they have autism. The Autism Spectrum is a wide range and the symptoms vary, it is important to have your child evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. The team usually consists of a neurologist, psychologist, pediatrician, speech/language therapist. or other professionals who are trained in autism.
But What is Autism?
Autism is a spectrum disorder, which mean it varies from person to person - no two persons are affected in the same way. Autism is a complicated developmental disorder that usually affects a person in the first three years of life. It affects a persons ability to communicate and interact with others.
There is no known cause or cure for autism. It affects every culture and race. It affects boys 4 x more than girls.
1 in every 55 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Childhood Signs of Autism:
- lack of delay or spoken language
- repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (eg., hand- flapping, twirling objects, rocking back and forth)
- Little or no eye contact
- Lack of interest in peer relationship
- Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
- Persistent fixation on parts of objects
Can my child be cured?
At this time, there is no noted cure for autism. However, autism is treatable. Early intervention is very important in the treatment in autism and can significantly improve life. There are treatment and educational approaches that reduce some of the challenges associated with autism. Intervention may help lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach self-help skills that allow for greater independence. Just as there is no one symptom or behavior that identifies individuals with autism, there is no one single treatment that will work for all individuals on the spectrum.
Treatment option include (but are not limited to):
- Non-medical intervention - (i.e: speech therapy, occupational therapy)
- behavioral therapy - (i.e.: ABA, Floor-time)
- educational approaches - (i.e.: school related services)
- biomedical treatments - (i.e.: modified diets, vitamins)
I think my child has autism....what do I do first?
- schedule an evaluation with your pediatrician
- contact your local school district for an evaluation