IMPORTANCE OF EARLY SCREENING
Children who show signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) many times do not receive the proper interventions early enough, because the stigma of labeling children. The notion that children once diagnosed continue with this diagnosis throughout their lives can be incorrect. There is increasing evidence that autism may not be lifelong, and children who have previously been diagnosed no longer display the criteria for ASD. This is especially true with younger children whose brain plasticity is much more pronounced. No child just grows out of autism. Studies show that the traits of someone with autism can be reversed or mitigated as the child ages, with the proper behavioral interventions. Therefore caregivers should be able to detect symptoms early on, so a child may access proper services. Yellow Bus ABA put together a list of symptoms that commonly correlate with ASD. If you have a concern about your child, please contact your primary care physician and/or reach out to Yellow Bus ABA to discuss your concerned with one of our dedicated behavior analysts. For more information email David@Yellowbusaba.com .
1. Difficulty articulating a need (e.g. wanting a cookie and not being able to point or ask for the cookie).
2. Echolalia: repeating what someone just said (e.g. repeating a catchy phrase from a movie or mimicking a parent or teacher).
3. Regression of language skills. A child acquired some words and lost them. Children typically retain the language they learn.
4. Unusual prosody or an unusual tone of voice. Sometimes the child's voice can sound robot like.
1. Refraining from responding to his/her name.
2. Lack of sharing or showing items to meaningful people in the child’s life.
3. Lack of pretend play skills.
4. Lack of imaginary play.
5. Inconsistent eye contact.
6. Socially inappropriate facial expressions.
Repetitive/restricted pattern of behaviors:
1. Repetitive body movements (e.g. rocking, flapping, spinning, running back and forth).
2. Repetitive motions with objects (e.g. spinning wheels, shaking sticks, flipping levers).
3. Staring at lights or spinning objects.
4. Ritualistic behaviors (e.g. lining up objects, repeatedly touching objects in a set order).
5. Narrow or extreme interests in specific topics.
6. Need for unvarying routine/resistance to change (e.g. same daily schedule, meal menu, clothes, route to school).