Autism is a devastating condition, not a blessing
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One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.
The following "red flags" may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don"t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:
No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
No babbling by 12 months
No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
No words by 16 months
No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
The M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) can help you determine if a professional should evaluate your child. This simple online autism screen, available on our website, takes only a few minutes. If the answers suggest your child is at risk for autism, please consult with your child"s doctor. Likewise, if you have any other concerns about your child's development, don't wait. Speak to your doctor now about screening your child for autism.
You can learn more about how to recognize the signs of an autism using our Video Glossary. It contains over a hundred video clips illustrating typical and delayed development. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, relative or friend, it can help you learn the subtle differences and spot the early red flags for ASD.
Though autism spectrum disorders range from mildly to profoundly disabling, a diagnosis of ASD is an important turning point in a long journey. Autism Speaks has many resources for families whose children have recently received a diagnosis.
These include Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit. In addition, our Video Glossary provides information about a wide range of treatments and behavioral interventions that may be suitable for your child. Within the glossary, you can also download descriptions of these treatments and interventions.
Please visit Treatment of Autism and our Resource Guide for more information. Have more questions? Autism Speaks' Autism Response Team can help you with information, resources and opportunities. Call us at 888-288-4762 (en Espa"ol 888-772-9050)
Did you know ...
" Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
" Autism prevalence figures are growing
" Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
" Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
" Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
" There is no medical detection or cure for autism
National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation
" Total 2012 NIH budget: $30.86 billion
Of this, only $169 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.55% of total NIH funding.
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Vote Placed by U.n 7 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro opened with a statement that was more of an opinion than an argument. Con listed out multiple bullet points of arguments, from signs of an autistic child to financial cost of an autistic child. Con supported all of those statistics with autismspeaks.org. Con's argument read more of an awareness advertisement so I can't say I actually swayed to vote on subject title at hand. However, I believe it's safe to state that Con applied more effort into the research and supported their argument with a valid source on autism. And Pro failed to offer any citations at all therefore I am awarding the most reliable source point to Con. Also, Pro forfeited a turn.
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