Does my child have Autism?
Children bring such joy to our lives. We watch them crawl, babble and interact with their world. As a parent, you’ll have intuitive feelings about your child’s development. You may be worried that they are not meeting their milestones, noticing they are not babbling, not responding to their name or they play on their own.
For any parent to hear that their child has been diagnosed with Autism can be difficult. No one ever prepares for that. Although there is no preparation for a diagnosis, parents can prepare for the next steps.
Early Warning Signs:
- Not babbling
- Delayed language
- Doesn’t response to their name
- Minimal joint attention
- Poor eye contact
- Not pointing to items
- Limited play skills
- Repetitive actions
Often after parents receive a diagnosis, they begin their journey in finding an ABA program. When families contact our centre, we schedule a meeting and assessment. We talk about concerns, plans and goals. Once the child is enrolled in our program, we begin a formal assessment and IEP development.
The assessment used is either the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R) or the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) which are conducted every 6 months. The IEP development is a report of the assessment and goals for your child for the 6 month period.
Some children are enrolled for 6 hours a week, while others may be enrolled for 20 hours. The more hours a child can do a week may accelerate their rate of acquisition. With more hours a week, we can set more goals and target more areas of development.
Early intervention can really make a difference for so many kids. Many children have been able to speak, learn to skills and socialize. That is, our ultimate goal.