Signs Your Child May Have Autism


Signs your child may have autism

What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by a broad range of challenges in social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. And there isn’t just one type of autism. That is the reason it’s called a “spectrum” disorder. Every child has different sets of strengths and challenges.

Causes of Autism

To put it simply, there is no one cause of autism. The main factors include genetic influences, environmental influences, increased age of parents, pregnancy and birth complications, and potentially some prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid.

Signs and Symptoms of Autism

Children may exhibit signs of challenges as early as 18 months old, but mostly between ages two and three.

Signs and symptoms to look for in a child include:

  • not responding to their name
  • hand flapping
  • not engaging in pretend play
  • not engaging with others in play
  • no speech or delayed speech
  • obsessive interests
  • repeating phrases or words

You can also find a handy flyer here with more information.

So what’s a parent to do?

If you suspect that your child might have autism, schedule an appointment with your pediatrician. They’re experts in diagnosing autism and will be able to give you a diagnosis (or tell you it’s not autism).

And once you have a diagnosis in hand, reach out to get the therapy you need. The sooner the better. Research shows that early intervention gives the best results, with many children improving so dramatically they’re indistinguishable from peers.

Common therapies might include ABA therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy.

Or, if you need more personalized guidance simply give us a call at SOAR! We will be happy to point you in the right direction.

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