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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can be detected as early as 18 months of age and typically diagnosed after the age of 2. It can affect how an individual acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. It is called a "spectrum" disorder because people with ASD can have a wide range of symptoms they experience. This means everyone with autism is unique. Some autistic people need little or no support. Others may need help from a parent or caregiver every day. The causes of ASD are not known. Research suggests that both genes and environment play important roles.


Early Signs of Autism

  • Avoids or Does Not Maintain Eye Contact

  • Delayed Speech & Language Skills/Echolalia (Repeating the Same Phase(s) Over and Over)

  • Difficulty Communicating or Recognizing Social Cues

  • Repetitive Behaviors (i.e. Hand Flapping, Rocking, Jumping, Twirling, etc.)

  • Difficulty with Minor Changes in Routines and Transitions

  • Over/Under Sensitivity to Light, Sound, Touch or Taste

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Common Intervention Approaches

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Parent-implemented Intervention (PII)

  • Physical Therapy

  • Sensory Integration Therapy

  • Social Stories

  • Speech and Language Therapy

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Advocating for Your Loved One

  • Educate Yourself & Others

  • Empower Your Loved One and Set Them Up for Success

  • Get Actively Involved in their Education and Intervention Planning

  • Help Dispel Myths or Incorrect Perceptions

  • Support & Amplify their Voice and Others of the Autistic Community

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Birth to 3 Program and Special Education

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