Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder associated with significant challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. Nobody knows your child better than you do. So when you have concerns about your child’s growth and development, it’s important to look for answers and support.
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development.
How can you decide whether or not it’s time to call us? Check the signs of autism below. If your child is showing some of the signs, take the online screener free of charge or schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation with our licensed professionals.
Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts
Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities
Deficits in initiation of social interactions, sustaining conversations, reduced sharing of interests, emotions, or affect
Deficits in nonverbal communication (eye contact, gestures, body language, facial expressions)
Receptive Communication- Listening to and understanding a message
Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech
Inflexible, ritualized patterns
Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus
Hyper- or Hypo- reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest in sensory input
By 6 months
Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging facial expressions
Limited or no eye contact
By 9 months
Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions
By 12 months
Little or no babbling
Little or no back and forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving
Little or no response to name
By 16 months
Very few or no words
By 24 months
Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)
At any age
Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
Avoidance of eye contact
Persistent preference for solitude
Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
Delayed language development
Repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
Early Intervention for Autism
Research shows early intervention can change the developmental trajectory and have major long-term positive effects on symptoms and later skills. Early intervention not only gives children the best start, but also the best chance of developing to their full potential.
About the Autism Screener
The M-CHAT screener (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) consists of 20 yes or no questions that can help determine if a professional should evaluate your child. This simple online autism screening tool takes only a few minutes and is available here for free. The tool is designed to be used for screening toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age.
After you submit your answers, our developmental specialist will reach out to you to share your child’s results, answer your questions, and help you get started with any services and support you may need.
It is simple to get started. No doctor’s referral or medical diagnosis needed.