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Early Detection in Helping Children with Autism

December 29, 2016

Early intervention is key in helping a child with Autism grow into their full potential, and overcome any behavioral, cognitive, or socio-emotional challenges. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can get treatment. Children as young as 15-18 months can get a diagnosis of Autism. If your doctor will not evaluate your child for Autism because they are too young or may outgrow symptoms, consult with another doctor. Know the warning signs of Autism and share them with people. The following Red Flags may indicate a child is at risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder and is in need of an immediate evaluation: Impairment in Social Interaction:

  • Lack of appropriate eye gaze
  •  Lack of warm, joyful expressions
  •  Lack of sharing interest or enjoyment
  •  Lack of response to name

Impairment in Communication:

  • Lack of showing gestures
  • Lack of coordination of nonverbal communication
  • Unusual prosody (little variation in pitch, odd intonation, irregular rhythm, unusual voice quality)

Repetitive Behaviors & Restricted Interests:

  • Repetitive movements with objects
  • Repetitive movements or posturing of body, arms, hands, or fingers

Source:https://www.firstsigns.org/concerns/flags.htm If your baby shows any of these signs, please ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation: 

  • 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 or thereafter
  • 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 two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age

Source: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs *Resource: The M CHAT is a simple and quick screening tool for Autism that takes about 5 minutes to complete and can be administered by anyone. This screening tool will let you know if you should seek further evaluation or not. Did you know...

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Facts about Autism. (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2016, from https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/facts-about-autism

Achievement Behavior Care

Achievement Behavior Services is a boutique agency providing quality individualized applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to children on the autism spectrum. Established in 2015 ABS is licensed and trained ABA therapists implement behavioral therapy methods in the child’s environment to improve social, behavioral and adaptive skills.

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