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.
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
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"
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
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?"