As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Does my child have autism?

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that an average of 1 in 110 children in the U.S have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In 2009, The National Survey of Children's Health report finds autism prevalence now 1 in 91. Wouldn’t it be nice to know if your child has autism? Research shows that the earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the prognosis for good outcomes.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, here are some red flags that could possibly be early signs of autism:

  • Does not babble, point, or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age
  • Does not speak one word by 16 months
  • Does not combine two words by 2 years
  • Does not respond to name
  • Loses language or social skills
  • Poor eye contact
  • Doesn't seem to know how to play with toys
  • Excessively lines up toys or other objects
  • Is attached to one particular toy or object
  • Doesn't smile
  • At times seems to be hearing impaired

Now don’t start worrying if your child has any of these symptoms, there could be many explanations other than autism. A child's attachment to a particular toy or difficulty with language skills is not, by itself, a sign of autism.

It's also important to remember that a child who does have excellent language skills may still be diagnosable on the autism spectrum. In fact, some children who are diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome have extraordinary language and reading skills.

For more information about early detection please visit First Signs, a website dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and related disorders.

If you are concerned that your child may have autism, please consult your own pediatrician.

Thanks for reading,

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