Updated: Jan 30
Are you worried about your child’s development?
As parents and caregivers, it is important to be vigilant about developmental milestones. However, children’s developmental milestones can vary greatly. Delays in developmental milestones may or may not signal Autism. Here are some early markers that may indicate a need for testing:
Some possible signs of Autism:
· Limited eye contact
· Loss of previously acquired speech or social skills
· Delays in language and communication
· Resistance to changes in routine and environment
· Repetitive behaviors or mannerisms (ex: hand flapping, spinning, rocking)
Again, these signs may or may not indicate an Autism diagnosis. If your child is exhibiting some of these early markers, further evaluation should be considered. Contact your family doctor to get a referral to a developmental pediatrician if your child does not already have one. The pediatrician will make the diagnosis if necessary. If your child is diagnosed with Autism, remember to stay optimistic and informed. ABA therapy is a highly effective treatment and can help your child acquire the skills they need. Take advantage of the government funding and resources available to you by visiting the Ontario Autism Program website and contact our team for a consultation to discuss therapy options that are right for your child.