Post Content

KatieGorodetsky

 

posted by: Katie Gorodetsky – WIC's Immunization Coordinator

 

photo of group of happy, smiling kidsDid you know that autism affects 1 in 88 children, particularly 1 in 54 boys? Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. ASDs are "spectrum disorders”, meaning they affect each person in different ways and can range from very mild to severe. ASDs begin before the age of 3 and last throughout a person's life, although symptoms may improve over time. Some children with an ASD show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. In others, symptoms might not show up until 24 months or later.

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.

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 6 months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by 9 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No babbling 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

For a comprehensive list of behavioral milestones at specific ages, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html.

Feeding disorders are often seen in infants and children with ASD.  The most commonly reported feeding disorder is constipation. Nutritionists and occupational therapists can help to make sure that someone with ASD gets the best nutrition possible, so don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s doctor about getting additional services or asking for a referral to a nutritionist or Early Intervention Program. Early Intervention programs help children not only with nutrition but also with developmental skills they need to grow up healthy and happy.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/concerned.html or talk to your child’s doctor. Acting early can make a real difference.

For more information about autism spectrum disorders, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017 posted on Jan 20

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days. We’ve seen these rates head up and down over the past few weeks, which is an indication of how unpredictable flu can be. Here in New England, most flu   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017

Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18

Folic Acid for the Future!

We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists!  But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list:   …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!

Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017