An estimated one out of 59 children are diagnosed with autism, a term for a group of complex disorders of brain development, and the prevalence figures are growing. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.
Red flags that your child may be at risk for an autism spectrum disorder include:
– No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
– No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months
– No babbling by 12 months
– No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
– No words by 16 months
– No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
– Any loss of speech, babbling, or social skills at any age
There is no medical cure for autism; however, there are many valuable treatment options that are effective for treating some of the symptoms of autism. The earlier in the child’s life they are implemented, the more effective they are. Early intervention is a child’s best hope for the future by improving the core behavioral symptoms of autism to achieve their maximum potential.
Trinity Health’s Pediatric Therapy team offers pediatric speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services to address challenge areas often displayed by children with autism. They have advanced specialized training in evidenced-based intervention strategies, including: Hanen—More Than Words Program,
The Early Start Denver Model, Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: The SOS Approach to Feeding, and The Zones of Regulation: A Framework to Foster Emotional Regulation and Self-Control. Through the use of play, therapists aid in the development of the skills children need to be kids!
The Pediatric Therapy team is dedicated to promoting solutions and accelerating life skills though therapy. For more information, call 701-857-5286.