If your child has recently received an Autism diagnosis, you’re probably in the process of learning all that you can. As you do your research, here’s a little more information.
Autism is a Spectrum Disorder
What does that mean? It means there’s a wide range of symptoms that can vary from mild to severe. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability with signs and symptoms usually emerging in early childhood.
Autism occurs across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. We see boys diagnosed with autism about four times more frequently than girls. In 2020, the prevalence of autism was estimated to have doubled since 2010, with autism likely effecting about 1 in 59 people.
Characteristics of Autism
People with autism generally experience social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Communication challenges can range from being nonverbal to difficulty carrying on a back-and-forth conversation. Behavioral challenges may include repetitive movements, a preference for sameness, or sensitivity to sensory input.
Children with ASD generally begin to show subtle, early developmental differences with their peers in social and communication skills and often have behavioral challenges as babies and toddlers. Because these differences and delays don’t usually affect gross motor development, they can be harder to spot. Check out our blog on Early Signs of Autism to learn more about what to look for.
The Importance of Early Intervention
Early intervention—technically defined as ages 0-5—can make all the difference for children with ASD as they continue to grow and change. Early intervention therapy takes advantage of early development, such as with language skills, where there are opportunities within a young child’s home, daycare, and community for them to practice new skills in the comfort of their everyday environments.
At Innovative Behavior Options, we recommend that parents receive an early diagnosis so that your child can have access to services at a younger age to improve his or her overall outcome. The earlier you register your child for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, the earlier parents, siblings, and teachers will begin to see changes in behavior and skills.
At Innovative Behavior Options, we want to help children with Autism reach their highest potential. We offer in-home ABA services throughout the Atlanta area and center-based ABA therapy in Roswell, GA. We aim to create genuine partnerships with children, families, schools, organizations, and professionals to provide the highest possible standard of applied behavior analytic consultation. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the services we offer, please give us a call at 770-250-0093.