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Signs & Symptoms

Children with developmental delays display symptoms of autism differently, but there are common features. For example, when the child engages in self-stimulatory behavior excessively instead of interacting with the environment around them in the appropriate ways. Examples include the following:

  • Appearing to misunderstand or ignore verbal communication
  • A complete lack of expressive communication by 2 years of age
  • Touching eyeball to distort images
  • Repetitive fidgeting with fingers or toes
  • Lack of eye contact with anyone
  • Repetitive vocal utterances
  • Hand-flapping
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Symptoms Associated with Developmental Delays or Autism

These are similar to the behaviors listed above, except a few other things should be noted:

  • Development appears normal until about the age of 18 months; this often includes the rapid loss of skills that were acquired up to 18 months
  • Any scientific research conducted on the correlation between vaccines and autism has debunked the 1990s study that claimed a tie to vaccines
  • The chances of having another child with autism after you’ve had one will go up exponentially

Developmental Delays

According to the most recent DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), a majority of developmental delays were eliminated and combined to fit under the autism umbrella. It is now referred to as a spectrum disorder with one end being low-functioning and the other end being high-functioning. These levels are determined by the level of functioning at the onset of the diagnosis of autism.

Treatment for Symptoms

Treatment for the above-listed symptoms can initially begin through the use of ABA therapy. Over time, as prerequisite skills for playgroups, social groups, and school development, a gradual transition toward these activities is made through a well-designed series of transition programs designed by a BCBA in collaboration with respective settings and the activities described above.

When to Seek Treatment for Developmental Delays

The best thing you can do is take action and acquire real knowledge about the diagnosis to make great decisions for your child. The earliest help is the best! It is common for parents to go through a “denial” period where they refuse to accept the situation – but it is best to make a move as early as possible.

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