We understand the importance of providing relevant and valuable information about autism to parents and caregivers. We encourage parents to remain informed and empowered as we work together to develop a compassionate and effective strategy for your child.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a ‘developmental disorder’ because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.”
Signs of ASD
As a parent or caregiver, one of the most important things you can do is to learn the early signs of autism. We encourage you to become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.
The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:
- Repetitive behaviors
- Difficulty with nonverbal communication
- Difficulty with speech
- Restricted interests
- Difficulty with social interaction with others
- Behaviors that negatively impact an individual’s ability to function properly in school, at home, or in public settings
If your child has been diagnosed with ASD, there are many resources available to you and your family. The Autism Speaks First Concern to Action Tool Kit and First Concern to Action Roadmap are just two examples of useful tools available to you.
At Hidden Treasures, we acknowledge that every case of autism is unique, and each child has his/her unique strengths and challenges. Our programs follow general principals in the treatment of ASD, but our ultimate goal is to noticeably improve the quality of life for each child with autism.
Finding a community of support and care is essential if your child has ASD. If you believe that your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, recognize that you are not alone. Our team can help assess your child and his/her individual case. We welcome you to contact us TODAY to schedule a visit and discuss your questions and concerns.