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Early Intervention is Our Most Powerful Tool

We work with you to target behaviors that need to be decreased. This can include a wide variety of things from self-stimulatory behaviors (spinning, rocking, etc.) to aggressive behavior (kicking, hitting, spitting, yelling, hair pulling, etc.) to self-injurious behaviors to any behavior that interferes with the child’s ability to function at an appropriate level.
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Early Detection and Common Early Signs of Autism

  • Not engaging in pretend play by 18 months 
  • Not pointing at objects to show interest by 14 months  
  • Not responding to name by 12 months 
  • Repeating certain words or phrases over and over (this is called echolalia) 
  • Becomes very upset by minor changes and/or must follow specific routines 
  • Has obsessive interests  
  • Avoids eye contact or physical contact  
  • Uses few or no gestures such as waving goodbye 
  • Engages in repetitive movements such as hand flapping, body rocking, or spinning in circles 
  • Lines up toys or other objects 
  • Very rigid in how he/she plays with toys 
  • Engages in self injurious behavior 
  • Not meeting speech and language milestones

Speech and Language Milestones

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Milestones by 12 months:

  • Turn and look in the direction of sounds.
  • Tries to imitate speech sounds 
  • Says a few words such as "mama" or "dada" 
  • Understands simple instructions such as "come here" 
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Milestones by 18 months:

  • May say 8-10 words 
  • Can follow simple instructions that are given with gestures 
  • Recognizes the name of familiar people, objects, and body parts 
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Milestones by 24 months:

  • Should speak about 50 words 
  • Can string 2 words together to make simple statements: "more milk" 
  • Can string 2 words together to make simple requests: "Go Bye Bye?" 

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