As a parent you often find yourself comparing your developing child to those of your close friends and family or even his/her peers at the neighborhood park. You closely begin to analyze each developmental milestone; you know the ones that you researched on the Internet! Now you are secretly questioning the way that your child completes day-to-day tasks. As speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population, we are often asked about the “A” word that has so many parents scared and concerned. Autism spectrum disorders can affect communication, social interaction, as well as other aspects of daily life. The following link will provide some early signs of autism spectrum disorders in infants and hopefully allow early intervention to be initiated sooner.
If you are faced with the “A” word, know that you are not alone. Autism spectrum disorders affect about 1 in 68 children according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Take one day at a time and as the following link says, “be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things…about Holland”