Signs & Symptoms

Signs That May Indicate Your Child Has a Developmental Delay or Autism

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 ones own eye-ball to distort images.
Repetitive fidgeting with fingers or toes.
Lack of eye contact with anyone.
Repetitive vocal utterances.
Hand-flapping.

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 co-relation 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.

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 A Child Should Start Receiving Treatment

The best answer to this is the sooner the better! The best results are achieved when the child begins receiving treatment as early as 2 years of age. ABA therapy is beneficial for all ages, but its most profound effects occur with younger children between the ages of 2 and 7. Children are typically eligible for services until at least 18 years of age.

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