Today, 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism. Even though there is no cure for autism, it is treatable. We know this because Bona Vista has been serving children with autism for years.
Over this time, we have been very successful in designing highly individualized plans that provide the right level and kind of support at the earliest stage of a child’s development. Through therapists and educational programs, we help children gain the skills they need to be more successful over time.
In order to diagnose autism, a professional must observe the individual’s behavior, developmental levels, and communication skills. Even after these observations are made, a true diagnosis may be difficult as symptoms may be caused by other disorders.
At Bona Vista, we offer developmental screenings for children ages birth to 5. (These screenings are free four times a year.) Based on our observations, we can provide parents with individualized options. Please note, early intervention is key to developing a plan of positive outcomes for a person with autism.
The following are possible signs that may point to autism or some other type of developmental delay. If you observe any of these signs please seek a professional evaluation.
- By the end of 7 months or older, the child does not exchange facial expressions, such as a smile.
- By the end of 7 months or older, the child has poor or no eye contact.
- By the end of 7 months or older, the child doesn’t respond to their name being called.
- By the end of 12 months or older, the child does not imitate others.
- By the end of 12 months or older, the child does not engage in “joint attention” or looking at the same object or event as their parent does.
- By the end of 24 months or older, the child plays only in isolation and does not interact with other children.
- By the end of 24 months or older, the child cannot follow simple instructions or commands.
- By the end of 36 months or older, the child does not use any multiple word phrases or sentences.
- By the end of 36 months or older, the child does not play make-believe with dolls, animals or people such as pretending to feed a teddy bear.
For information, call 765-454-5340.