Autism: What Are Some Common Signs?
Even beginning as early as infancy, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may seem different when compared with other children their own age. Some signs may include a hyper-focus on certain objects, difficulty making eye contact, and lack of engaging in typical babbling with their parents. Other children appear to be developing normally until they are 2 or 3 years of age and then begin to withdraw socially or verbally.
The severity of ASD in a child can vary tremendously depending on how severe the child’s social communication skills have become, how insistent the child is with the sameness of their activities and surroundings (difficulties with change), and how repetitive patterns of behavior affect the child’s daily functioning.
Early behavioral and educational interventions — the earlier the better — are key to the child’s success in educational settings as well as social/play settings. Also important are early intervention, providing a highly structured and intensive skill-oriented program, and emphasizing social-language communication skills, which should be incorporated in the child’s daily routine.
The Cisco Center in Severna Park provides these and many other services for your child. For more information, contact 410-647-1503.