Autism Awareness Month

Chances are, you may know someone who has autism or perhaps even have a family member who suffers from the disorder. Awareness is critical when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

Autism is a spectrum disorder that effects an individuals’ development and ability to communicate and interact with others. According to the Autism Society, it effects nearly 1 in 68 births in the United States.

Children with autism typically show signs during the first three years of life. The Autism Society lists the following signs:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

Early diagnosis and intervention can improve the child’s overall development. There are a number of milestones a child should reach before age 5 that parents should be aware of when evaluating children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they include walking, smiling, talking, and responsiveness to stimuli.

Autism is a life-long disorder with various treatments depending on the persons’ age. If you suspect your child may be autistic contact your local medical professional, psychologists, and educators to schedule an evaluation.

For more information visit:

The Autism Society
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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