Does My Child Have Autism?

It seems that Autism is talked about more and more frequently…

 … and when 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we think it should be a topic of conversation! April is Autism Awareness Month, and CrossWinds is taking this chance to highlight some current information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and provide some resources.

What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disorder that affects an individual’s social skills and communication abilities. Early assessment and intervention are essential.

How common is it? According to a CDC study published in 2016, an average of 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ASD is almost five times more common in boys (1 in every 42) than girls (1 in every 189).

Many signs and symptoms of ASD are present before age 3 years and we want you to know what to look for and what to do next! These are just some of the signs and symptoms of ASD:

  • Limited eye contact
  • No babbling by 12 month
  • No words by 16 months
  • Not reaching for or pointing to objects
  • Prefers to be alone
  • Repetitive actions
  • Increased or decreased sensitivity to stimuli
  • Obsessive interests
  • Avoiding and/or resisting physical contact

Regular developmental screenings with your pediatrician or family doctor are important for early detection.

If you have concerns about your child, schedule an appointment with your pediatrician or family doctor. They may complete a screening tool such as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)

You can also visit the Autism Speaks website for many other resources and information.