Autism Minute for January

January 10, 2011

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs 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

There are a lot of great resources available to help you learn more about autism.  We like these three web sights to explain some signs to watch for if you believe someone may be on the spectrum!

http://www.autismspeaks.org/whatisit/learnsigns.php

http://www.autismweb.com/signs.htm

http://autism.lovetoknow.com/Adult_Autism_Symptoms

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