Autism is a diagnosis,
not a prognosis
Miriam Gimal tells us
what treatment alternatives we have for children with autism and other conditions.
What does it entail?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Autism Spectrum disorder is an affection related to the development of the brain that affects the way in which a person perceives the world and socializes with others.
It’s made up of a wide range of symptoms and different levels that can cause problems with social interaction, communication and repetitive conduct patterns.
For Alterations In A Child’s Neurodevelopment And Autism
If you suspect that your child has a developmental problem, here are a few questions that can help you identify it. Remember, this is not a diagnosis and you need to confirm it with a medical professional.
If you answer NO on more than 2 questions, we suggest contacting a neurodevelopmental specialist.
- Does he react to colors, brightness and movements?
- Does he react to sounds?
- Does he show interest in looking at people’s faces?
- Does he respond with a smile when you smile at him?
- Does she relate to you with joy?
- Does he smile frequently while playing?
- Does he make sounds or babble while playing?
- Does he cry when he’s angry?
- Does he smile and laugh when he looks at you?
- Do you exchange smiles and other expressions reciprocally?
- Do you exchange sounds reciprocally?
- Do you exchange gestures such as “give me”, “take” or “reach something” reciprocally?
- Does he frequently use some gestures to get what he wants, such as giving something to an adult, showing, reaching, waving, or pointing?
- Does he make sounds like “ma,” “ba,” “na,” “da,” and “ga”?
- Does he turn to the person that calls him when he hears his name?
- Do you exchange various smiles, sounds, and gestures reciprocally and continuously?
- Does he use pointing or showing to draw attention to something of interest?
- Does he use different sounds to get what he wants and direct attention appropriately?
- Does he use and understand at least three words such as “mama”, “dada” or “bye-bye”?
- Does he use a lot of gestures and words to get what he wants, like pointing or holding your hand and saying, “I want juice”?
- Does he use at least four different consonants whether babbling or speaking, such as p, b, m, b, t, or d?
- Does he know and use at least 10 words?
- Does he know the name of familiar people?