April 2nd is “World Autism Awareness Day”!

Featured image MJ at 5 months (smiling)

WEAR BLUE ON APRIL 2nd TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR AUTISM:

Click on the following link to register for LIUB (Light it up Blue:  https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

***An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

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

*As a reminder MJ had none of the earlier signs of autism.  The last bullet point is what we began to notice after his 14 month pediatrician appointment.  It is important to be aware of all of the signs.

Featured imageMJ’s art project today for “World Autism Day”

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