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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Some early signs of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are that the child does NOT:

  • Make eye contact (for example, look at you when being fed)
  • Smile when smiled at
  • Respond to his or her name or to the sound of a familiar voice
  • Follow objects visually
  • Point or wave goodbye or use other gestures to communicate
  • Reach out to be picked up

What to do as a parent

If you are concerned that your child might have ASD, help is available. Your child can learn, grow and thrive with love, support and the right care plan. And, under the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with ASD are eligible for a range of free services.

Some things you can do:

  • Learn all you can about autism
  • Provide structure
    • Stick to a schedule
    • Reward good behavior
    • Create a home safety zone
  • Find non-verbal ways to connect and have fun together
  • Create a personalized autism treatment plan
  • Find help and support for yourself and your child

Learn about the IDEA and autism
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