April is Autism Awareness Month
April is recognized as Autism Awareness Month. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.
Autism is characterized as a spectrum disorder because symptoms ranges widely by individual. If you think your child may be on the autism spectrum, the first step you should take is to set up an evaluation by a clinical psychologist, a medical psychologist or developmental pediatrician. If your physician does not administer this type of testing, Touchstone ABA can help you with a list of resources.
Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help parents figure out if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule. If your child exhibits any of the following behaviors, it may indicate he or she is at risk:
• Avoids eye contact
• Prefers solitude
• Repeats words and behaviors (i.e. rocking, spinning)
• Resists small changes in his/her routine
• Exhibits awkward social skills
• Has difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
• Displays delayed language development
• Has intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
Touchstone Applied Behavior Analysis provides research driven applied behavior analysis services. Clients include children and adults diagnosed with autism and individuals with learning and language differences and other behavioral challenges. Touchstone provides services in Thibodaux, Houma, New Orleans, Hammond, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. For more information on Touchstone’s services, call (985) 446-6833, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.touchstoneaba.com You can also follow Touchstone on Facebook.