What is ASD?
As defined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by varying degrees of difficulty in social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication, and the presence of repetitive behavior and/or restricted interests. Due to the variability and symptom presentation, no two individuals with an ASD diagnosis are the same with respect to how the disorder manifests and its impacts on families.”
If you are concerned that your child may be exhibiting signs of autism, contact your primary care physician.
According to the Mayo Clinic, if your child exhibits any of the following delays, your doctor may recommend developmental testing:
- “Doesn’t respond with a smile or happy expression by 6 months
- Doesn’t mimic sounds or facial expressions by 9 months
- Doesn’t babble or coo by 12 months
- Doesn’t gesture – such as point or wave – by 14 months
- Doesn’t say single words by 16 months
- Doesn’t play 'make-believe' or pretend by 18 months
- Doesn’t say two-word phrases by 24 months
- Loses previously acquired language or social skills at any age”