Partners In Learning Blog Team

Partners In Learning Blog Team
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Do you know the signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children.  If not, you should!  According to the Center for Disease Control; 1 in 110 children in the US have ASD, and boys are 1 in every 49 children.  I know as a grandmother of three, I want to know the symptoms.  Early Intervention is essential in helping your child progress in their development.  The earlier the better!

A person with an ASD might:
  • Not respond to their name by 12 months
  • Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
  • Not play "pretend" games (pretend to "feed" a doll) by 18 months
  • Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • Have trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Have delayed speech and language skills
  • Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Give unrelated answers to questions
  • Get upset by minor changes
  • Have obsessive interests
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
  • Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
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