The Signs and Symptoms of Autism

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by social skill deficits, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. Symptoms can vary widely, resulting in relatively mild challenges or those severe enough to interfere with everyday life.

Knowing the early signs of autism can lead to an early diagnosis and more positive outcomes from treatment. If your child or loved one demonstrates any of the following characteristics, please contact their pediatrician immediately for formal diagnostic testing or a referral to a specialist.

Know the Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Are you concerned that your child, family member, or someone you know is showing signs or symptoms of autism? Common symptoms include:

1. No back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or facial expressions by 9 months.
2. No gestures such as pointing, showing, or reaching by 12 months.
3. Delayed speech or language such as babbling by 12 months or words by 16 months.
4. Avoidance of eye contact, preference for being alone, and/or avoidance of physical contact.
5. Repetitive sounds, words, or phrases.
6. Repetitive body movements and/or obsessive interests.

If you have concerns, consider scheduling a diagnostic assessment. Dr. Melody Marley, PhD, HSPP here at Indiana Behavorior Analysis Academy is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Marley conducts diagnostic services for children and adolescents who may be displaying early signs or characteristics of autism. Contact us to schedule an assessment.

Parents and family members often come to us with little to no knowledge about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA) therapy. Our team of professionals cares about parents and families and wants to help. Let us know if you would like to take a tour of our facilities or would simply like to learn more about the enrollment process of beginning therapy at our clinic.

You can also set up a time to meet with our Director, Lisa Steward, to discuss specific questions about autism, your child, applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, insurance coverage, and the services we provide. We encourage you to ask difficult questions so you become more familiar with us and confident that your child will greatly benefit from our program. Our team can also help identify options and assist you in securing funding for your child’s treatment. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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