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Concerned about your child's development?

Friday, December 1, 2006

Don't Wait and See. Early Intervention Works.

Review these early warning signs and discuss your baby's development with your pediatrician or call Maryland's Infants & Toddlers program 1-800-535-0182 for a FREE evaluation of your child.

RED FLAGS – Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders
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6-12 Month-Olds
Infrequent or no babbling
Lack of eye contact or smile
No interest in looking at faces
Unusual, high-pitched squeals

9-24 Month-Olds
ANY signs of regression
ANY loss of speech or skills
Infrequent response to social interactions
Decreased eye contact
Limited facial expressions
Inconsistent response to name
No words by 16 months or no 2-word phrases by 24 months
Uses other person’s hand as a tool
Limited use of gestures (especially if your child does not point)
Doesn’t easily learn simple new interactive routines
Echoing what others say without regular spontaneous speech
Overly attached to unusual objects
Repetitive or odd play or other behavior
Odd sensory interests (fans, lights, spinning)
Insistence on sameness; resistance to change

If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to your pediatrician or call Maryland's Infants & Toddlers program 1-800-535-0182 for a FREE evaluation of your child.

Do not "WAIT AND SEE." Early intervention can be critical for improving your child's outcomes.

Developmental Milestones Screening
Children develop skills, or "milestones," at their own pace. How is your child doing? You only need 10-20 minutes to check with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition. Your ASQ-3™ results will help you see if your child's developmental progress is on time and alert you to concerns that you can talk over with your health care provider.

For additional information, you may also call Pathfinders for Autism at 443-330-5341 or toll-free at 1-866-806-8400 to speak with an experienced staff person.

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