Be a voice for children and adults living with Autism!

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.
The timing and intensity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, behaviors become obvious as late as age 2 or 3. Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who do not have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.
The following may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, Visit your healthcare provider.
Signs of Autism
By 6 months: Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions, Limited or no eye contact
By 9 months: Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions
By 12 months: Little or no babbling, Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving, Little or no response to name
By 16 months: Very few or no words
By 24 months: Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)
At any age: Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills, Avoidance of eye contact, Persistent preference for solitude, Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings, Delayed language development, Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia), Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings, Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.), Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
Are you an adult or teen?
Do you suspect that your feelings and behaviors involve autism? Many children who have milder forms of autism go undiagnosed until adulthood.

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