Early Sign of Autism
- No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
- Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
A typical diagnostic evaluation involves a multi-disciplinary team of doctors including a pediatrician, psychologist, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist. Genetic testing may likewise be recommended, as well as screening for related medical issues such as sleep difficulties. This type of comprehensive helps parents understand as much as possible about their child’s strengths and needs.
- Natural part of coping, but don’t lose focus.
- Try not to “shoot the messenger”
- Don’t be afraid to reach out – you are not alone
- Ready to advocate and learn about Autism
- Your child is still the same child they were before the diagnosis.
Treatments We Support
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) have a doctoral or master’s … range of ABA programs for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, and the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance. Many decades of research have validated treatments based on ABA.
Verbal Behavior (VB) is derived from the same philosophy of behaviorism, employs the basic scientific methodology and is concerned with the development of an individual’s socially and educationally significant behaviors.