Autism is identified as a developmental disability that affects children as young as one year of age. The child diagnosed with autism exhibits certain behaviors, some severe and some mild.
The children with the best prognosis have received an early diagnosis, enabling their parents to find early intervention programs and the therapies they need. Autism is not “outgrown.” Rather, the child who is placed into an appropriate treatment program benefits from different types of therapy. Her behaviors and ability to interact can improve markedly.
Some tell-tale signs a parent should note include: a persistent fixation on inanimate objects, little to no eye contact, lack of spontaneous play, little engagement in make-believe, lack of spoken language or a delay in spoken language, lack of interest in relationships with same-age peers, repetitive use of language or different mannerisms such as twirling items or hand-flapping.
The earlier a child is diagnosed, the sooner she can receive needed treatment. She may also qualify for a Medicaid waiver, making it easier for her parents to get needed treatment and therapy for her.
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