Search
Contact

Phone: 760-772-1000

41550 Eclectic Street
Palm Desert, CA 92260
coordinator@cvasa.org

Translate

Learn the Signs

The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorders may or may not be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years).

As part of a well-baby/well-child visit, your child’s doctor should do a “developmental screening,” asking specific questions about your baby’s progress. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that signal further evaluation is warranted:

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age

Having any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the characteristics of the disorder vary so much, a child showing these behaviors should have further evaluations by a multidisciplinary team. This team may include a neurologist, psychologist, developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant, or other professionals knowledgeable about autism.

You can help CVASA families by making the invaluable contribution of your time.
LEARN WAYS YOU CAN VOLUNTEER

Help us continue to provide free programs and support to individuals with autism and their families.

Find out more about information about autism.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AUTISM


To contact Autism Society of
America please
click here