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Concerned that your child may have Autism? Here are some informational websites:

Autism is defined as a neurodevelopmental brain based disorder with no known cause and no known cure. We now believe that autism begins with altered social engagement -- think of this as a difference in the way a child "tunes in" and interacts with the people around them.

That altered social engagement goes on to manifest as deficits in social communication and restricted interests and behaviors. These core characteristics of autism cause a cascading and pervasive effect.

Failure to orient to social stimuli represents one of the earliest and most basic social impairments in autism and may contribute to the later-emerging social and communicative impairments (Dawson, Meltzoff, Osterling, Rinaldi, & Brown, 1998; Mundy & Neal, 2000; Dawson, Toth, Abbott, Osterling, Munson, Estes, and Liaw, 2004). Children with autism do not seem to experience as much natural reward in social interactions as do other children. Studies have found that typical infants and young children show increased brain activity when viewing social stimuli rather than objects, while children with autism show the opposite pattern (Dawson, Osterling, Rinaldi, Carver& McPartland, 2001). Another study showed toddlers with ASD as young as 14 months spent significantly more time fixating on dynamic geometric images than video of children in high action, such as dancing or doing yoga. Typical children and even children with other disabilities preferred watching people (Pierce, Conant, Hazin , Stoner , Desmond , 2011). According to Dr. Ami Klin of Emory University, there is a window of opportunity, before the age of 3, in which optimal change can be made (Jones & Klin, 2013). Although the window does not close, it becomes increasingly difficult to effect change. Early intervention that is designed to enhance social attention and affective social engagement, thereby promoting the development of cognitive and language skills, may serve to alter a child's brain development toward a more normal developmental trajectory (Dawson et al., 2012). Early behavioral developmental intervention can make a significant difference in a child’s IQ, language, and adaptive functioning (Dawson et al., 2009; Reichow, 2011; Wallace & Rogers, 2010; Warren et al., 2011).

 

This website identifies the signs of autism so you can act early!

 

Link to the CDC

 

 

Link To HelpGuide.ORG

Visit this website for a better understanding of autism and it's symptoms...

If you suspect that your child does have autism, it is important that he start to receive an appropriate research based autism therapeutic model, such as Pathways as soon as possible.

Your toddler's brain is very plastic and moldable -- thus NOW is the opportune time for learning!!

Link to M-Chat.org

Visit this website to see the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers. Revised with Follow-up (M-CHAT-R/F;Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The M-CHAT-R/F is an autism screening tool designedto identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thoroough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay.

Pathways Early Autism Intervention is now training ECI providers (IDEA Part C programs) across the State of Texas. If you are in Texas, contact your local ECI provider to see if Pathways is currently available in your area.

 

This link to the Texas Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services may be helpful:

Link to the Texas Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services

 

 

 

 

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