Autism Spectrum Disorder
Signs and Symptoms of ASD
Children or adults with ASD typically demonstrate the following behaviors
Not Pointing at things of interest
Having trouble understanding other’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
Not looking when somebody else points at something
Prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to
Having trouble relating to others or sharing interests
Repeat actions over and over
Avoiding eye contact or wanting to be alone
Lose skills they once had (for example, stop using words they’ve known
Diagnosing somebody with ASD can be difficult because there is no definitive test, like a blood test. Doctors look at a child’s development and behavior to make a diagnosis.
ASD can sometimes be detected in a child around 18 months old or younger. Diagnosis at 2 years old by a practiced professional can be considered very reliable. However, most children don’t receive a final diagnosis until much older, preventing them from getting the help they need earlier in life.
If you think your child may have ASD, please consult your physician as soon as possible. Earlier detection means you can start getting your child the help they need.
There is no “cure” for ASD, but early intervention can significantly improve a child’s development.
At Boise Speech and Hearing Clinic, we specialize in early development treatment to help children cope and overcome their unique communication problems. With our specialized Speech-Language Pathologists, we can provide specific training to children with ASD and help them communicate and interact with others. Contact us so we can discuss what treatment options are best for your child.