Early Signs Of Autism – April was National Autism Awareness Month. In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.
Early Identification can change lives, as autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some early signs of autism to look for in the children in your life:
- 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 intervention specialists at Imua can help you if you notice any of these signs in your young child. Don’t hesitate to call them at 244-7647 and set up an appointment.
Image Credit: The Autism Society