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Signs of Autism

Signs Your Child May Be On The Autism Spectrum

When you're watching your child, it's normal to wonder whether they're growing and learning in the same way as other children their age. If you have concerns about whether your child may be on the autism spectrum, there may be specific things that you've noticed as signs.

Familiarize yourself with some of the indicators of autism if you're concerned about whether your child might be on the autism spectrum. If you notice any of the following early signs that your child may possibly have some developmental delay, consult with your child's doctor and ask them to complete an assessment. 

* Failing to smile socially by six months of age.
* No one-word phrases by 16 months; 
no two-word phrases by 24 months.
* Lack of eye contact.
* Lack of response when the child hears their name or familiar voices.

Some children show some signs of autism without being on the spectrum, while others show few signs and are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. If you think that your child may have autism, it's important to talk with your child's doctor about whether your child should be evaluated for autism and what autism services are available. If your child does receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, learning about ABA therapy can be helpful in determining the next steps to help your child thrive. ABA therapy for children with autism is a research-based treatment option that can help your child develop to their fullest potential.

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