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Learning the Signs of Autism in Children

Have you ever asked “Do I have Autism?” Learning the early signs of autism and seeking intervention services is important for parents and people to know. The most recent research supports that appropriate screening can determine whether your child is at risk for autism as young as one year old. It is understood that every child develops differently, but early detection and treatment often improves outcomes considerably. For instance, research has shown in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills.

Things To Look For:

The following points are considered “red flags” that your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, we suggest that you please consider asking your pediatrician or contacting Jay Nolan Community Services for an 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
  • 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

Learning the Signs of Autism in Adults

Autism affects children and adults differently, as adults we are faced with the real world challenges that many other adults face. While some adults with autism are able to work and live on their own, some will require a greater degree of care. The American Psychiatric Association determined that “at least 33% (of adults) are able to achieve at least partial independence.”

Studies have shown that some adults with autism need a lot of assistance than others, especially those who have difficulties or are unable to speak. Comparatively adults with high-functioning autism can lead successful professional lives and live independently with early and supervised treatment. Jay Nolan Community Services provides both part and full-time supervision depending on the degree of treatment that is necessary.

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