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How to Stimulate a Child with Autism

Many children with autism have difficulties with communication, social interactions, and gross or fine motor skills, all of which make active play more challenging than for neurotypical children. In the article below, we suggest a variety of stimulating activities that will help your child learn new skills while having fun.

Sensory Play

Children on the autism spectrum process sensory information in a different way than their neurotypical peers. Engaging in sensory play stimulates the five senses and may help change your child’s response to sensory information. These activities will allow your child to cope better when exposed to different sounds, textures, lights, scents, and tastes that they may otherwise find overwhelming.

Finger painting

Finger painting is not only a way for children with autism to express themselves, but it also encourages them to feel more at ease with tactile input and enhances their sensory integration skills. All you need for this activity is a sheet of paper set on top of the newspaper and shop-bought or homemade finger paint. Let your child paint freely using their hands and feet.

Slime/playdough

Slime and playdough are excellent sensory tools for children on the autism spectrum. They are easy to make with ingredients that you already have at home, such as cornstarch and baking soda. Don’t forget to add some food colorings and glitter to the mix for an enhanced sensory experience. 

Pouring station

A pouring station is an entertaining sensory activity for children with autism. It will keep them focused for a long time and help increase their attention span. To make a pouring station, place several cups and containers of different sizes on a large tray, fill them with water, and add a few drops of food coloring. As your child has fun pouring water from one cup to another and mixing colors, he or she will also work on improving hand-eye coordination and balancing skills. 

Musical instruments

Research shows that listening to and playing music can help children with autism develop skills such as shared attention, communication, and play. What’s more, stimming along with music, for example, finger-flicking or hand-flapping, is a common way for children on the spectrum to regulate their emotions. You can easily make your own musical instruments from things you find around the house: 

 

  • Put rice inside a plastic bottle to make a shaker
  • Use wooden spoons, pots, and pans to make a drum set
  • Make holes in a straw to create a recorder

Sensory bottles

Sensory bottles provide a calming experience for children with autism who easily get overwhelmed by sensory input. To make a sensory bottle, simply fill an old plastic bottle with water, add some food coloring, marbles, glitter, or beads, and seal the lid in place using a hot glue gun. When your child shakes the bottle, he or she will be mesmerized as the colorful parts move through the water. 

Social Skills

Many children with autism are uncertain about how to behave in different social situations. They may want to interact with others, but they don’t always know what to do in order to make and maintain friendships. The following social activities are a fun way to show your child how to interact with peers and help them improve their communication skills.

Name game

The name game will teach your child how to properly introduce themselves. To start with, gather your family members in a circle. Say your name while pointing at yourself, then move to the next person on your right, until it’s your child’s turn to do the same.

“What would you do?” game

To give an example to your child how to interact with others, talk about different situations they may encounter, such as:

 

  • You have a new classmate and you want to introduce yourself
  • Your friends are playing and you would like to join them
  • Your friend is sad and you want to help

 

Then ask your child what he or she would do in each of the situations, for instance: “How would you help?” or “What would you say?”.

Emotion cards

Children with autism frequently struggle to understand other people’s emotions and the way these are conveyed through facial expressions. Emotion cards can be a great tool for improving this skill. Moreover, this activity may help your child understand and talk about their own feelings.

All you need to do is purchase or print free downloadable emotion cards. Show your child a picture of an expression and explain what emotion it represents, for instance, being happy, sad, excited, angry, afraid, surprised, or bored. Then ask your child to recognize each of the emotions represented on the cards. 

Calming Activities to Prevent Autism Meltdowns

When children with autism become overwhelmed, they may react by having meltdowns accompanied by crying and shouting, engaging in self harm (head-banging, hand-biting, scratching), or displaying aggressive behaviors toward others. Below, we list a range of calming activities that will enable your child to regulate their emotions and relax in the midst of a stressful situation. After a while, they will be able to gradually reduce negative behaviors. 

Grounding techniques

The purpose of grounding is to divert focus from a distressing situation to something more pleasant. Grounding will help your child increase concentration and focus on the present moment, while reducing the levels of stress and anxiety. 

 

When your child feels overwhelmed, he or she may try one of the following grounding techniques:

 

  • Count to ten
  • Recite the alphabet as slowly as possible
  • Listen to calming music
  • List five different things that they can see around the room
  • Stretch or do simple exercises and focus on how the body feels
  • Hold a tactile object like a stuffed animal
  • Play with a fidget toy, a spinner, or a stress ball

Restful retreat

Create a quiet space where your child can retreat to and unwind at home and school. To do this, you can simply fill a corner of the room with cushions, sensory toys, picture books, and other relaxing activities that your child can do on their own. This space will provide calm, focus, and comfort if your child suffers from sensory processing issues.

Coloring

Coloring is an excellent mind-body exercise that will allow your child to relax and concentrate on the present moment. At the same time, using crayons will enhance their motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination, in addition to boosting their self-confidence. Websites such as All Kids Network and Special Learning House offer a wide range of free printable coloring pages designed specifically for children with autism.

Types of Playing

Playing encourages children with autism spectrum disorder to coordinate physical and mental capabilities, and thus nurture the skills that are essential to learning and overall development. Below, we list a range of play activities that will improve your child’s fine and gross motor skills, their social communication and language abilities, as well as thinking and problem solving.

Exploratory play

The simplest way to encourage children with autism to play is to have them explore various objects in their surroundings. This way, they will naturally become familiar with different shapes, colors, sizes, and textures around them.

Cause-and-effect play

This type of play teaches children that their actions have effects and gives them a sense of control in the play. For example, you can show your child how pressing a key on a piano produces sounds. Cause-and-effect play will help develop your child’s curiosity, shared attention, and communication abilities.

Toy play

Toy play encourages thinking, problem-solving, and creative skills. And if you play together with your child, he or she will also get an opportunity to practice social skills, such as imitating actions, taking turns, and sharing.

Constructive play

Constructive play involves making things, like stacking blocks to build a tower and doing a jigsaw puzzle. In addition to nurturing your child’s creative side, constructive play is an effective means of developing their fine motor skills and concentration.

Physical play

Physical play provides full-body exercise while helping your child improve gross motor skills and social behavior. Engaging in physical play can be a great opportunity for your child to explore their surroundings while communicating and interacting with others. In addition, regular physical activity has been shown to be an effective way to reduce repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder, such as body rocking, spinning, and head nodding. 

Pretend play

Pretend play helps children with autism develop the skills they need for engaging in social relationships and improving language and communication. Although they do have the ability to understand and participate in pretend play, children with autism rarely develop pretend play skills on their own. 

 

For example, your child may enjoy arranging toy trains on a track, but still be unlikely to enact scenes or make sound effects unless you actively teach and encourage them to do so. To help your child engage in pretend play, you should model some simple actions, such as driving a car, riding a horse, or playing drums. 

 

If you are ready to work with the best ABA therapy provider in New York, New Jersey or Indiana, give us a call at (732) 402-0297. Our dedicated team is ready to help and we will treat you like family.

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Needs of a Child with Autism

On average, 1 in every 44 kids aged 8 years has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Typically, children with ASD have varying support needs which range from learning disabilities to delayed speech development.

Read on to learn about the needs of a child diagnosed with ASD.

 

Children with Autism Needs

Autism spectrum disorder affects a child’s brain development and how they process information.

Typically, the brain has two halves- the right brain hemisphere and the left brain hemisphere. Both hemispheres exchange information via a bundle of fiber connections.

In a normal child, the two hemispheres pull together during development. This strong connection boosts the back-and-forth communication between the two brain hemispheres.

In contrast, there’s lower connectivity between the brain hemispheres in children with autism. This means the child struggles with tasks that need them to combine information from various parts of the brain, such as complex motor tasks or social interaction.

That’s why children with autism have different needs than normal kids, with the former needing more sensory, communication, and social help.

 

Needs of a Child with Autism

Social help

Children with autism may need support in learning how to behave in various social settings. Perhaps they want to socialize with other people but fear new social experiences.

For this reason, they need to learn social skills such as play skills, conversation skills, emotional skills, and problem-solving skills.

You can build your kid’s social skills through different strategies, including the following:

  • Practice play
  • Praise and encouragement
  • Roleplay
  • Visual supports
  • Social stories

 

Therapy

Children with autism may have speech and communication issues. These children may engage in the following behaviors:

  • Remaining mute
  • Producing cries, grunts, or harsh sounds
  • Producing robotic-like speech
  • Echoing what another person utters (a condition called echolalia)
  • Using unexpressive tonal voice in their phrases or sentences
  • Memorizing things heard without understanding the contextual meaning

Speech therapy is a key part of autism treatment that enhances overall communication. The speech-language therapist works out the ideal ways to improve communication. For example, if your child is nonverbal or has major problems with speech development, the speech therapist may integrate substitutes to speech, such as:

  • Typing or signing
  • Electronic “talkers”
  • Pictures
  • Exercising or massaging facial muscles and lips to improve speech articulation

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is another effective therapy for ASD. This type of therapy incorporates rewards to teach and emphasize new skills.

The treatment objectives may vary from one individual to another. These may include personal care, social skills, communication, and school work.

Help with Learning Disabilities

About 40% of people diagnosed with autism have a learning disability. It affects your child’s ability to either make meaning out of what they see or hear or combine information from the different sections of the brain.

Learning disabilities will include challenges with social interaction, organizational skills, and perspective-taking. Autism may also affect your child’s intellect and academic skills, with math, reading, and writing being the main problematic areas.

Here are ways to deal with your child’s learning disability:

  • Positive reinforcement will give your child a strong sense of self-worth and the determination to work through difficulties.
  • Nurture the areas where your child excels and not just the areas of weakness.
  • Identify how your little one learns best and take steps to reinforce that type of learning at home.

Sensory Toys

Children with autism often grapple with sensory issues. Sensory issues affect how they interpret and react to various types of stimuli. These may include smells, touch, sights, sounds, and tastes.

If your child experiences sensory overload, you can give them sensory toys to play with. Sensory toys will stimulate your child’s senses in a safe and natural surrounding through play. As a result, they can better understand their senses and learn how to manage them.

The best types of sensory toys for your ASD child include:

  • Sensory mats
  • Putty
  • Chew toys
  • Reflective balls

Scheduling

Children with autism like routines and hate unexpected changes. Therefore, a predictable schedule will help reduce their levels of anxiety since they can know what to expect during the day without many surprises.

If your child has trouble with reading, you can create a visual schedule for them and keep it posted where they can see it.

Calm-Down Zone

A calm-down zone or corner is a designated safe space that can help your child to regulate their emotions during challenging experiences.

At home, choose a corner in a quiet room as your child’s calm-down zone. You could add comfortable seating and some of your child’s preferred toys and books.

Special Attention

Children with autism need special attention because of their different needs. You can give your child special attention by:

  • Smiling at them randomly
  • Reinforcing their good behavior with praise and words of affirmation
  • Playing with your kid’s toys together
  • Commenting on their play
  • Listening when they speak

Patience

Waiting can be difficult for children with autism. When they have to wait for something that they think takes too long, they may end up frustrated or experience an emotional outburst.

You can teach your child patience through the following strategies:

  • Be a good role model.
  • Use a timer. The child can see the clock count down when you tell them to wait for a few minutes.
  • Find distractions. Have a kit ready with toys, books, paper, and crayons that your child can play with as they wait.

Extra Assistance with Daily Tasks

Children with autism may need extra help with day-to-day tasks such as toileting, teeth brushing, taking a shower, or eating.

You can help your child perform these daily tasks through the following step-by-step teaching method.

  • Make sure they understand the importance of the task.
  • Split tasks into easy step-by-step schedules.
  • Encourage them to complete their daily tasks.
  • Provide positive reinforcement upon completion of the task.

 

The Bottom Line

Children with autism have varying support needs, which is why you should learn about your child’s exact needs to find a solution that works best for them.

You can combine a range of approaches like therapy, positive reinforcement, and scheduling to offer more wide-ranging support for them. You can also seek the help of a professional to make sure you’re on the right path.

 

If you are ready to work with the best ABA therapy provider in New York, New Jersey or Indiana, give us a call at (732) 402-0297. Our dedicated team is ready to help and we will treat you like family.

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Homeschooling a Child With Autism

Despite the wide availability of specialized schools for children with autism, there’s always the fear that your child might not get what they need. When this fear becomes too overbearing, many parents opt for homeschooling.

But what does it mean to teach a child with autism at home, and can you do it? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about homeschooling a child with autism.

 

Considerations Before Homeschooling a Child With Autism

Homeschooling a child with autism can be challenging. But, if you plan it out well and have everything you need, it can become a manageable and fulfilling experience.

Before you get to it, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure your child gets the most out of the experience. Here are some of the most notable considerations every parent or guardian needs to think about before homeschooling their child.

Can You Afford to Do It?

The cost factor is perhaps the most important thing to consider before homeschooling a child with autism. Like with a neurotypical child, you’ll need lots of supplies to set up a proper learning environment.

Additionally, depending on whether you choose to homeschool the child yourself or hire a professional to do it, you also have to consider the cost it might have on your everyday life. You might have to quit your job and endure early mornings and late nights preparing learning materials. Or get another job to cover the added expenses.

Age

Like neurotypical children, children with autism in different age groups have different academic and social needs. As a general rule, you should start homeschooling your child at an early age. Homeschooling provides a more individualized and tailored educational experience.

But how early should you start? There’s no general rule of thumb that dictates the best age to start homeschooling a child with autism. All children are unique and have different cognitive abilities and developmental levels.

Therefore, it is advisable to consult a professional so they can assess the child’s needs and provide guidance on the appropriate time to start homeschooling.

Opportunities

Children with autism need to be engaged in social activities to promote their social and cognitive development. Therefore, the homeschool environment should incorporate these activities into the child’s curriculum. 

Most families that homeschool their children with autism meet this need by joining education networks, sports clubs, and drama clubs. This way, their children get to interact with their peers and make friends.

Curriculum

The law dictates that the level of education you provide an autistic child in a homeschooling environment should prepare them for life in a modern society and give them the tools they need to progress in life and meet their full potential.

Therefore, in addition to meeting their social needs, you should also include core subjects like English, math, and science as part of the curriculum.

Special Educational Needs

Children with autism have unique learning needs. This means that they may require specialized instructions and resources to enable them to thrive academically. Some needs, like adaptations to the curriculum, and accommodations, such as extra time for tests or breaks during class, are pretty straightforward and easy to meet.

With that said, children with autism also require specialized programs and techniques, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which can only be met by working with a professional.

 

How to Start the Homeschooling Process

There is no standardized solution for homeschooling a child with autism. Every child has unique strengths and challenges. And it may take some time to understand their specific needs and develop a plan to address them effectively.

First, you need to consult a professional such as a pediatrician, occupational therapist, speech therapist, or educational specialist to provide guidance on the best time to start and how to do it.

Next, you may need to research your state’s homeschooling laws and regulations to ensure that you are in compliance. Once you’ve got that covered, you need to develop an individualized curriculum, establish a routine, and monitor their progress.

But ultimately, you need to be flexible, adaptable, and committed to giving your child the best education possible. Be ready to do some trial and error till you find what works best for your child.

 

Benefits of Homeschooling

Homeschooling a child with autism may provide added benefits over specialized public schools, both for the child and you as the guardian. Here are some of the most notable benefits of homeschooling your child.

 Flexibility

Homeschooling a child with autism allows you to adjust the schedule and curriculum to meet your child’s specific needs. It also allows you to find workarounds for any problems or challenges that may arise.

This includes everything from tailoring the learning environment to your child’s specific needs, providing a hands-on approach to learning activities, and adjusting the curriculum accordingly. A specialized public school may be unable to provide such levels of flexibility.

Customizable Curriculum

Homeschooling your child gives you plenty of time to know and understand them. Once you figure out what your child needs, you can develop an effective curriculum and purchase any toys and educational materials necessary to improve your child’s learning.

Knowledge of the Curriculum

Along with customizing the curriculum to fit your child’s needs, you’ll also know what they’re learning and what makes them learn better. This allows you to improve your teaching methods on a level that specialized public schools cannot.

Safety

Safety is every parent’s concern, especially when it comes to children with specialized needs. Due to the high number of children and limited staff, specialized public schools cannot provide the level of safety a home could.

Success

Although it’s quite difficult to guarantee an individual’s success, various factors influence the success rate of homeschooling children with autism. These factors include a customized curriculum, hands-on teaching methods, and the ability to continuously improve by looking at other families’ success stories.

Experiences Children Might Miss Out On

No matter how hard they try, specialized public schools lack the ability to provide each child with the life experiences they need to thrive. In a homeschool environment, you can work with professionals to create the perfect experiences to help your child learn better.

These experiences can also improve the social and cognitive abilities of children with autism.

Meeting a Child’s Unique Needs

Children with autism have unique needs. Working directly with them throughout their learning journey can help identify and fulfill these needs accordingly.

Moreover, parents and guardians who homeschool their children with autism often meet to discuss their observations and share ideas on improving their children’s learning experience.

Developing Social Skills

Children with autism often have a hard time developing their social skills. These children are exposed to more social situations in a home setting, giving them a significantly higher chance of honing social skills.

 

Can I Really Teach My Autistic Child?

The question of whether you can effectively teach a child with autism in a homeschool environment comes down to your commitment. Many parents are already doing it and have many success stories. Additionally, there are numerous guides all over the internet that are specially designed to help you teach your child effectively.

 

The Bottom Line

Homeschooling a child with autism has numerous benefits over taking them to a specialized public school. You get to interact with your child directly and curate the perfect learning environment. It’s also safer to teach your child at home.

If you’re ready to homeschool your child, it is advisable to first consult a professional to get proper guidance.

 

If you are ready to work with the best ABA therapy provider in New York, New Jersey or Indiana, give us a call at (732) 402-0297. Our dedicated team is ready to help and we will treat you like family.

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Autism Causes

While it’s human nature to question the cause of illness, autism is a challenging condition to pinpoint. This article will explore the possible causes of autism and provide you resources for further exploration. Let’s start learning about autism today – so you can get informed and make a difference.

 

What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological disorder affecting how people interact with their environment and process information. The term “autism” is often used to refer to a range of different conditions collectively known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 

On the autism spectrum, there are three levels of ASD – Level 1 (mild), Level 2 (moderate), and Level 3 (severe). People with mild or moderate ASD may have difficulty communicating verbally or through social interactions but may still be able to develop relationships and live independently. 

Those with severe ASD may require more intensive support and have difficulty communicating or forming relationships. It seems that autism is becoming increasingly common, mainly due to better diagnosis methods and greater awareness of the condition among healthcare professionals, parents and educators. 

Despite years of research, the causes of autism are still unclear, but we will do our best to list what scientists have discovered.

What Causes Autism?

Autism can have numerous potential causes. We use the word “potential” because nothing has been proven scientifically, yet associations between specific risk factors and ASD do exist. 

In some cases, a genetic difference has been identified as the cause of ASD in an individual. On the other hand, there are also cases where the underlying cause of autism remains unknown. It is difficult to pinpoint one specific cause because the condition is so incredibly complex and varies from person to person in how it affects their abilities.

Abilities of Those With Autism

People on the spectrum have a wide range of abilities. While they may not communicate, interact, and learn as most people do, this does not mean they are less capable. In fact, some individuals with ASD demonstrate remarkable capabilities in areas such as communication and learning. 

For instance, some people on the spectrum can engage in conversations at an advanced level; however, others may be nonverbal or only able to use limited language. Some individuals require significant assistance for day-to-day activities, while others can work and live independently without much help from others. 

No matter where someone falls on the spectrum, they possess unique skills and talents and deserve our acceptance as vibrant, creative, contributing members of society. Let’s take a look at some of the risk factors for ASD.

 

Risk Factors for ASD

Research has identified several potential risk factors that may make a child more prone to autism. These include environmental, biological, and genetic influences. Let’s break those down further for you:

Environmental Risk Factors Include:

  • Toxic exposure to certain chemicals or pollution during pregnancy 
  • Exposure to viruses during pregnancy 
  • Low birth weight due to poor prenatal care or premature births 
  • Birth complications such as oxygen deprivation during delivery 

Biological Risk Factors Include:

Genetic Risk Factors

  • Family history of ASD or other autism spectrum disorders 
  • Certain gene mutations that have been linked to ASD, such as fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome and tuberous sclerosis complex

While the exact cause of autism is still unknown, researchers believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors likely causes it. The next question we need to ask ourselves is, how often does autism spectrum disorder occur?

How Often Does ASD Occur

Autism spectrum disorder is becoming increasingly more common in today’s society. Recent studies have estimated that one child in 100 worldwide is diagnosed with autism, while 1 in 44 children is currently diagnosed in the U.S., which means that nearly 1% of the earth’s population has some form of this disorder. 

This number is increasing yearly and is much higher than just a few decades ago when the diagnosis rate was estimated to be around 1 in 150. The reasons for this drastic increase are not completely clear, but experts believe a combination of improved diagnostic techniques and increased awareness may be responsible for this situation. 

While all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups can experience ASD, it is more than four times more common among boys than girls – often occurring in 1 out of every 27 males. Despite the prevalence of ASD, many unanswered questions are still concerning its causes. 

Scientists and researchers constantly explore new theories and possible explanations for why some individuals develop this disorder while others do not. If you’re worried you or your loved one might have ASD, there are a couple of options for you.

If You’re Concerned

If you are concerned that your child may have autism, you must talk to your doctor for a referral to a specialist. Your doctor can refer you to a pediatric neurologist or developmental pediatrician specializing in autism diagnosis and treatment. 

Once diagnosed, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is often recommended as the first course of action for treating children with autism. ABA therapy focuses on teaching new skills through positive reinforcement and breaking down tasks into small steps, making them easier for the child to understand and complete. It also provides strategies for communication, behavior management, social interaction, play skills and self-care. 

The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to go it alone. Reach out for help and support from medical professionals, family members or autism-specific organizations such as Autism Speaks or the Autism Society of America. With the right knowledge and resources, you can make a positive difference in your child’s life.

 

If you are ready to work with the best ABA therapy provider in New York, New Jersey or Indiana, give us a call at (732) 402-0297. Our dedicated team is ready to help and we will treat you like family.

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The Odds Of Having a Child With Autism By Age

There are so many questions surrounding children and autism today. While there is still no one known “cause” of autism, research shows that advanced parental age may impact autism rates. While there is still a lot of research to be done on the subject, there are many people who have questions related to autism odds. 

 

Here’s what every parent needs to know. 

 

Autism Studied By Generations 

One of the few things that experts today know about some of the potential causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is advanced maternal age. Studies indicate that older parents are more likely to have a child with autism. However, there is still some debate on the percentage of increase. Numbers vary anywhere from 5 percent to 400 percent. 

 

While there have been plenty of studies on advanced maternal age and a number of health issues (including autism). Research actually shows that older fathers are especially likely to have children with autism. Keep in mind, there is no clear indication that parents age actually causes autism. It’s important to understand the difference between higher risk and actual causes. 

 

However, new research also shows that children who have older grandparents, and whose parents were born to older mothers are also more likely to have autism. More research is needed on the topic, but this early research suggests there is a possible transmission of autism risk across generations.  

 

Autism Parents By Age 

Research into autism and parents really breaks down some of the risks associated with maternal age and children. One study found that the chance of having ASD for children born to parents who are in their thirties is up to 10 percent higher than parents who are 25 to 29 years old. 

 

The same researchers found that the chance of developing ASD is 50 percent higher when the parents are in their 40s or 50s. In fact, one study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that children born to men over the age of 40 were 5.75 times more likely to have autism than children born to men under the age of 30. This particular study found that there was no link to maternal age and offspring with autism. 

 

This particular study really opened up the floodgates on research between autism parents and age. While some studies found that maternal age was a factor, others suggested it may only be impacted by the father’s age. With so many different reports and studies, most experts agree that advanced age by both parents can be a contributing factor. 

Here are three of the biggest published studies that reveal insight on advanced age and children with autism. 

 

  • One study in California that looked at 7.5 million births found that the age of the maternal parents had greater implications for ASD risk than the paternal age.  
  • In a 2016 meta-analysis that looked at 27 different studies on autism and parental age, researchers found that every 10 year increment in age was associated with a 18% to 21% increase in likelihood of autism.
  • A California study that looked at more than 4.9 million births in California found that while older parents in general increased the risk of autism, advanced maternal age instead of paternal age poses a greater risk for developing ASD.

 

It’s important as a parent or potential parent that you are able to look at the full picture of all the research out there on autism rates and age so that you can have all of the facts on the topic.

 

The most important thing to remember is that there is still research being done on the topic and still a lot to learn about the correlation between the two.

 

With such a large pool of data and much of it lacking full definitive answers, there is no way to determine the “odds” of having a child with autism based on age alone, but this information is significant and is helping pave the way for further understanding of ASD in the future.

 

What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Ultimately, experts still don’t know exactly what causes ASD, but there are some links or “risk factors” that could make it more likely that children develop ASD. These are some of the most common factors: 

 

  • Environment 
  • Genetics
  • Biology
  • Difficult birth
  • Infections during pregnancy  

 

Of course, as previously discussed, advanced parental age can also be a factor. There are a number of reasons why this may happen, but experts still have questions. Here are some of the contributing factors that autism experts are looking into that experts think may be the reason why older parents are more likely to develop autism than younger ones, this includes:

 

  • Genetic mutations from the cells in sperm being exposed to more toxins over time.
  • Social issues related to older adults reproducing and high-functioning autism
  • Socioeconomic levels, as older parents tend to have more means and be ore likely to get autism evaluations for their children with mild cases
  • Unknown biological causes that still need additional research

 

While there isn’t much you can do to ensure that you child won’t develop autism, there are resources available that can help your child with autism should you get a formal diagnosis. This includes enrolling children in different behavioral programs such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) which is designed to give children with autism the tools they need to overcome different behavioral challenges. 

 

If you are ready to work with the best ABA therapy provider in New York, New Jersey or Indiana, give us a call at (732) 402-0297. Our dedicated team is ready to help and we will treat you like family.

 

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If I Have Autism Will My Child Have It?

 There are a lot of parents out there who have a lot of questions about autism and their children. And while there are many different types of questions surrounding autism, there is one question that maybe doesn’t get as much attention as others—“If I have autism, will my child have it as well?”

There is still a lot to learn on this topic and this is still a question that many people have regarding autism. Here’s what to know about autism being passed down from one generation to the next.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that leads to difficulty with social interaction, communication, and behavior. This developmental disability is caused by differences in the brain. As the name suggests, this condition is a spectrum, meaning different people have differing levels of severity when it comes to ASD.

Typically, the signs of autism develop before children reach the age of three and can last throughout a person’s life, although symptoms can improve over time. This is especially true for individuals who try therapies and interventions including popular behavioral therapies such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that will help individuals with autism improve a variety of skills. 

What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?

There are still so many questions about autism spectrum disorder because experts still don’t know exactly what causes ASD. While there are some factors that researchers feel could make someone more or less likely to have autism, there’s still no one known cause.

Here are some of the factors that have suspected correlation to autism spectrum disorder:

  • Environment
  • Genetics
  • Biology
  • Being born to older parents
  • Difficult birth
  • Infections during pregnancy

So, while genetics is a factor in determining correlation regarding whether or not someone is more likely to have autism—it isn’t necessarily a cause.

There are also additional factors that researchers are looking into, including taking certain medications during pregnancy. However, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done to find more concrete information on potential correlations.

Why Is It Important to Know If You Have a Family Health History of Autism Spectrum Disorder?’

Having a family health history of autism spectrum disorder will make you more likely to have a child with ASD or to have ASD yourself. While it doesn’t necessarily mean that if the parent has ASD the child will as well, but there are some correlations when it comes to family history and this condition.

When collection family health history information, here’s what to include:

  • Information on you and your partner’s children, parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Its important to include the entire extended family, so that experts can see the full picture of the family history.
  • Make sure you are aware if anyone in your family has had relevant genetic testing, as well as the results of that testing.
  • When giving family health information, in addition to including anyone with a diagnosis of ASD, make sure to give information on anyone who has a learning disorder, intellectual disability, schizophrenia, seizures, personality disorders or ADHD. This can also help with developing a complete family history.
  • Make sure to check if anyone in your family with fragile X syndrome or Rett syndrome.
  • Make sure to be clear on anyone who has received a diagnosis that is no longer used such as Asperger syndrome or mental retardation.
  • If you suspect that someone older in your family has or had ASD, but they were not properly diagnosed because it was not common at the time—make sure to follow up.

An overall family health history is important if you suspect that your child may have ASD. Looking at a complete family history is one way to determine if this condition may run in your family.

Autism Statistics

While having autism can increase your likelihood of having a family member with autism, it doesn’t necessarily mean your child will have autism. Essentially, having a family history as mentioned before, makes you more likely to have a child with ASD or to have ASD yourself.

If you have one child with ASD, you are more likely to have another child with ASD, especially if you have a female child on the spectrum or if you already have multiple children with ASD. In fact, parents who have one child with ASD have between a 2 to 18 percent greater chance of having a second child with autism. This also means that your other family members would be more likely to have a child with ASD.

Genetic testing is more likely to find a genetic cause for autism if:

  • Your child or another family member have been diagnosed with syndromic ASD
  • You have a family member with ASD-related genetic changes that are reported during genetic testing.
  • Multiple members within the family have been diagnosed with ASD

Remember, this information should be looked at as a whole and as part of a bigger picture, especially if you are trying to get a diagnosis for your child. Typically, you can start taking them in for diagnosis as young as 18 months.

Having a family history of autism does not necessarily mean that someone has autism, but it is an important factor to consider.

If you suspect that your child has autism, it is important that you take them to a doctor for further diagnosis. During this time, your doctor will likely ask you questions related to family history to help them with their diagnosis.

Unfortunately, there is not a single medical test, swab or blood test that can firmly diagnose autism spectrum disorder. This is why when you bring your child in for an autism diagnosis, your doctor will likely ask you a number of questions about what you are seeing with your child’s behavior, and insight on your family history and background to make their diagnosis. 

 

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Autism Pride Day

Autism Pride Day is a day set aside to celebrate and honor the unique strengths, talents, and potential of those on the autism spectrum. It’s an opportunity to recognize that everyone deserves respect, understanding, and acceptance regardless of their autistic traits. Let’s celebrate by learning more about Autism Pride Day.

When is Autistic Pride Day?

Autism Pride Day is observed worldwide and is celebrated annually on June 18th. It was founded in 2005 to honor and recognize the unique strengths, talents, and accomplishments of people with autism. 

The day also serves to spread awareness about neurodiversity (the natural variation of human brains) and its benefits for individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. 

What is the goal of autism pride day?

The goal of Autism Pride Day is to foster understanding and acceptance among people who do not have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By recognizing the unique strengths and qualities of autistic individuals, we can start to move away from a mindset that views them as needing treatment and towards one that celebrates their differences. 

Let’s learn how this day came to be an internationally observed occasion.

History of Autism Pride Day

Autism Pride Day has its roots in the gay pride movement. It was first celebrated by Aspies for Freedom, an organization dedicated to advocating for autistic rights, in 2005. This annual event draws inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for visibility, acceptance, and equal rights. 

By creating an event where those on the autism spectrum can express themselves freely and without judgment, Autism Pride Day seeks to promote a sense of acceptance and understanding of people with autism. 

The celebration serves as a reminder that everyone can live productive lives regardless of their diagnosis or perceived differences from neurotypical people. In fact, as a sign of support and solidarity, a special symbol is often worn during the day.

Symbol of Autism Pride Day

Symbols for autism have changed much over the decades. The Rainbow Infinity Symbol used as a symbol for Autism Pride Day is the most recent and is a powerful visual reminder of the strength and diversity within the autistic community. 

By representing infinite possibilities, and infinite potential, this symbol demonstrates how each person with autism has their own unique set of talents and gifts. 

In addition, the symbol celebrates how members of the autism community can work together in solidarity despite their diverse backgrounds. It shows us we have much to learn from one another and that our differences shouldn’t be seen as a barrier but rather something to be celebrated. 

The Rainbow Infinity Symbol is more than just a representation of unity — it’s also a prompt to use our differences to create an inclusive and accepting society when we come together to support one another. 

So how can you participate in this special day? Read on to find out!

How to observe Autism Pride Day

Celebrate Autism Pride Day by adorning yourself with a symbolic infinity rainbow pin or ribbon. Show your support and wear the colors of autism pride to help spread awareness throughout your community. 

Take the time to learn more about autism to understand its complexities better and appreciate those who live with it daily. Reading books, watching documentaries, or talking to members of the autism community are all great ways to become more informed on this important topic. 

Other ways you can get involved are: 

  • Volunteering your time to a local autism-related organization
  • Attending an online or in-person event, 
  • Starting conversations with friends and family
  • Raising awareness on social media
  • Donating to charities

By reflecting on Autism Pride Day, you can help create a more inclusive world for everyone.

Get involved and show your support

Autism Pride Day is a day to celebrate and recognize the unique strengths, talents, and differences of people on the autism spectrum. It’s important that we come together to show our support for those living with autism. 

No matter how small or large, every effort counts in helping create a more inclusive society for everyone. Learn more about celebrating Autism Pride Day and what you can do to help promote acceptance and understanding!

 

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Signs Of Autism In Boys

Every child is different regarding signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is especially true when we look at how it presents in boys vs girls. This article will examine the most common signs of autism in boys, so keep reading to learn more.

Why are more boys than girls diagnosed with autism?

Autism affects boys more than girls, with studies showing that four times as many boys are diagnosed with autism than girls. This difference has been observed across different countries, cultures, and age groups. 

So why do more boys have autism? The answer is unclear, but a few theories may explain the difference in diagnosis rates between genders.

  • Autism is commonly seen to affect boys more than girls, possibly due to the prevalence of male characters with autism in media.
  • Diagnostic tools for autism can more easily recognize traits that are commonly seen in boys with autism than those seen in girls.
  • Boys with signs of autism are more often noticed by people who care for them.
  • Boys tend to be diagnosed with autism earlier than girls, even when their symptoms are the same.
  • Boys with autism may be less likely to hide their symptoms with masking or camouflaging than girls.

When it comes to diagnosing boys with autism, many shared symptoms may help you decide whether it’s time to take your child in for assessment. Let’s take a look.

Signs of autism in boys

Many symptoms of autism are similar between boys and girls, but it might be helpful to be aware of some signs that are more commonly seen in boys. It’s important to remember that each individual with autism is unique, and the presentation of symptoms may vary significantly from one person to another. 

Boys with autism tend to be diagnosed earlier because their symptoms tend to be more obvious. Let’s take a look at a few.

Social communication and social interaction

Regarding signs of autism in boys, social communication and social interaction can be important indicators that your child is struggling. Here’s what social difficulties can look like in boys with ASD:

  • Difficulty taking turns in conversations or a tendency to take control when talking or playing with others
  • Intense focus in conversations on topics that they are passionate about while being unwilling to engage in discussions related to subjects that do not interest them
  • May speak in a flat or atypical cadence and use language that is either overly formal or informal
  • Struggle to form words and express themselves verbally or might be limited to a few phrases or just a few words when speaking
  • Challenges interpreting the inflections in another person’s speech and grasping the connotations of expressions. This can make it hard for them to recognize when a speaker is being sarcastic or using figures of speech, thus making it difficult for them to determine the speaker’s intention or mood.
  • Trouble making or sustaining eye contact with others
  • Difficulty in responding to others’ non-verbal cues, such as body language and facial expressions; making unexpected facial expressions
  • Struggling to carry out instructions that involve multiple steps
  • Rigid adherence to established routines and regulations when in school, at home, or during play
  • Challenges in answering questions, discussing their personal experiences, and not responding consistently when their name is called. May refer to themselves as ‘you’ instead of ‘I’.
  • Having a hard time beginning conversations with peers or forming and keeping friendships 
  • Expressing desires and needs may be challenging 
  • Particularly enjoys being around adults or younger kids more than those of the same age range 
  • Prefers to play alone instead of engaging in group activities 
  • May not understand how to respect another person’s boundaries

As well as social and communication difficulties, other common symptoms of boys with ASD can also be repetitive behaviors and specific areas of interest. Keep reading, and we’ll explain further.

 

Repetitive or restricted behavior, interests, or activities

Before describing these, let’s break down the terms repetitive and restricted as they pertain to autism spectrum disorder. 

  1. Repetitive behavior. Any behavior that is repeated over and over again. This could be a physical movement, such as hand-flapping or rocking back and forth, or it could be verbal, like repeating the same word or phrase. 
  2. Restricted behaviors. Those that have limited range or scope. These specific actions can include things like an obsession with certain topics, an inability to engage in abstract thinking, difficulty transitioning between activities, and/or difficulty understanding social cues. 

Now that you’re more familiar with these terms let’s dive deeper into what this can look like in your child:

  • A fascination with certain activities that may not be seen as suitable for their age 
  • Obsessions with specific toys or objects and avoidance of others 
  • Ritualistic behaviors, like lining up items in a precise manner or closing all the doors at home 
  • Repeating words or phrases on a frequent basis 
  • Making strange noises such as squeals and grunts, repetitive throat clearing
  • Heightened sensitivity to certain stimuli, such as sound, taste, and smell; lack of response to other sensations like pain, heat, or cold 
  • Particular preferences in terms of food texture, with some foods being refused altogether -Anxiety when daily routines are disrupted or changed 
  • Difficulty fitting into new social contexts and adapting to novel scenarios 
  • Challenge in applying learned skills across different settings 
  • Resistance towards going to school or childcare centers, accompanied by distress if forced to go
  • Repetitive motions, such as hand clapping, swaying, or biting 
  • Inability to remain still for a period of time (considering age) 
  • Unusual sleeping habits like staying alert late into the evening or waking often in the night at the same time 
  • Frequent bouts of anxiety, particularly among teenagers

After reading about these symptoms of autism in boys, your parental spidey senses might be tingling. If so, you’re likely wondering whether you should get your child checked out. We’re so glad you asked.

When to get an autism assessment?

If your son or a child you care for demonstrates traits that may indicate autism, it can be beneficial to discuss the situation with a professional soon. Doing so could help in the present and in years to come. Early assessment can provide essential insights into how to support your son best and ensure he has access to the right resources. 

How to get an autism assessment?

Your GP could be a helpful part of the referral process for an autism assessment. They may inquire about your child’s development (or your own, if it pertains to an adult) and conduct testing and examination to decide if a diagnosis of autism is suitable or exclude other potential health or developmental problems. 

If you suspect autism in your son, don’t hesitate to reach out

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Can You Develop Autism?

One in every 44 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. But can autism be developed at a later age? Research indicates that the condition is always present early on, however, it may be diagnosed late for a variety of reasons. Read on to learn more.

Can You Develop Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It is thought to be a result of disruptions in the normal growth of the brain and central nervous system early in development. This means that the condition is present at birth and can’t be developed later in life.

 

There is no official diagnosis of acquired or late-onset autism. If a person had a completely normal childhood but starts showing autism-like symptoms in adulthood, these signs are typically due to other similar conditions rather than autism.

 

In the following section, we list the most common early signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

Early Symptoms

The earliest signs of autism that would require evaluation by an expert are:

  • Not responding when you call the child’s name
  • Avoiding eye contact 
  • Refusing physical contact
  • No smiling or displaying other types of social responsiveness
  • No babbling 
  • No pointing at objects and toys by age one
  • No single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by age two

Other typical symptoms of autism present in toddlers and young children include:

  • Failure to understand social cues and gestures
  • Inability to grasp their own feelings and those of others
  • Difficulty expressing emotions
  • Repeating the exact words or phrases uttered by others, also known as echolalia
  • Providing unrelated answers when asked questions 
  • Systematically using the pronoun “you” instead of “I”
  • Sensory sensitivities, such as feeling overwhelmed by bright lights, noise, or touch
  • Repetitive body movements like rocking, flapping, spinning, and running back and forth 
  • Ritualistic behaviors, for example, lining up toys and performing actions in a set order
  • Resistance to any change in routines
  • Abnormally focused interest in specific topics or objects.

Autism symptoms vary greatly depending on the child’s age and the severity of the disorder. Not all children will have all the above symptoms. Some may also experience other signs that are not on the list.

The early symptoms of autism spectrum disorder are often noticeable from a very young age, by 12 -18 months. However, many of the social and communication issues related to autism don’t appear before the child starts preschool and begins interacting with peers. Children with high-functioning autism may go undiagnosed until social and other challenges arise in school.

Age Limit for Autism Development

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), in order to qualify for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, symptoms must appear during early childhood, before age 3. It is not possible for older children, teenagers, and adults to develop autism. 

 

Some children who appear to develop normally in the first year of life, can go through a period of regression and start showing the symptoms of autism, such as impaired verbal and nonverbal communication skills, between 18 and 24 months. This condition is known as regressive autism. However, researchers believe that children don’t suddenly develop symptoms of regressive autism, but that subtle signs are present even before the regression took place.

Although autism doesn’t appear after early childhood, some people are not diagnosed until their adult years. Below, we explain the main reasons for a delayed diagnosis of autism. 

Delayed Autism Diagnosis

In its first report on adults with autism in 2021, the CDC estimates that 2.21% of people over the age of 18 in the United States are living with an autism spectrum disorder. However, it is essential to keep in mind that there is a difference between the late onset of symptoms and a delayed autism diagnosis.  

Autism symptoms in adults

The most common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in adults include:

 

  • Difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling
  • Trouble understanding facial expressions, gestures, or social cues
  • Challenges when it comes to regulating emotions
  • Trouble keeping up a conversation
  • Difficulty maintaining natural conversation flow
  • Tendency to engage in monologues on a favorite topic
  • Speaking with an inflection that does not reflect feelings
  • Engaging in repetitive behaviors
  • Participating in a restricted range of activities
  • Strong attachment to daily routines
  • Excessive focus on special interests and topics.

Causes of delayed autism diagnosis

Some adults seek out an autism diagnosis because they believe that they have one or more of the symptoms of autism mentioned above. There are several reasons why a person may not have been formally diagnosed with ASD in childhood:

 

  • Symptoms don’t have a significant impact and don’t limit everyday functioning. Mild autism symptoms in children with high-functioning autism may be difficult to recognize and are easily overlooked.
  • The person has received another diagnosis that could explain some of the symptoms.
  • Individuals who have been living with autism for a long period of time may become good at masking its symptoms.
  • Girls are less likely to receive an accurate autism diagnosis than boys. They are expected to behave in quieter and less assertive ways and are better at hiding their symptoms. In addition, some of the more obvious signs of autism, such as repetitive behaviors, are more often present in boys.

Conditions that can be mistaken for autism

In some cases, the underlying issue of autism-like symptoms is not autism at all. Some individuals who appear to suddenly behave in a way typical for people with autism may have developed another mental health issue.

 

Autism-like conditions that appear in early adulthood include:

 

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD)
  • Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social phobia and other phobias.

 

Similarly to autism, all of these disorders have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to function effectively and communicate with others and require treatment.

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Autism vs. Down Syndrome

Over the past few years there has been a growing number of children who are being diagnosed with both Down syndrome and autism. However, these are two co-existing conditions that while are both characterized by developmental delays, are actually very different. Here’s what to know about each of these conditions.

Understanding the Two Conditions

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Down syndrome (DS) are not the same condition and aren’t necessarily related. However, the two conditions can occur together in some children. About 20% of people with down syndrome are also autistic, but they are not mutually exclusive.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism, or ASD, is a neurodevelopmental condition that can impact a person’s abilities in language, social interaction and behavior. People with ASD can have a broad range of traits and can seem completely different from one another. As the name suggests, autism is a spectrum and can vary not only in behaviors but in severity as well.

Approximately 1 in 44 children today are diagnosed with ASD.

Autism must be identified by a doctor who will observe and assess a child’s behavior and developmental history. Typically, ASD behaviors can be first noticed in children who are as young as 2-years-old. However, there are some individuals with autism that aren’t identified until they are much older. Some individuals don’t get an official autism diagnosis until they are adults.

It is impossible to tell that a person is autistic just by their physical attributes. Autism is entirely classified by behaviors.

Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition, unlike ASD that is neurodevelopmental. Down syndrome is currently the most common genetic disorder in the United States and impacts approximately 1 in 700 babies born today.

Down syndrome is not hereditary but can be discovered in prenatal screenings, the diagnosis is quite straightforward and varies among individuals. It can often be the cause of lifelong learning disorders, intellectual disability and developmental delays. Depending on the severity of the condition, individuals with down syndrome may also have additional health problems including heart defects.

Most individuals with Down syndrome have distinct facial features that include:

  • Short neck
  • Smaller head
  • Upward slanting eyelids
  • Brushfield’s spots
  • Flattened face
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Small hands and feet with short fingers and toes
  • Short hands with a single crease across the palm

 

These facial features may also vary between individuals with DS.

Causes of Both Autism and Down Syndrome

There are different situations that can cause autism as well as down syndrome. Multiple factors can contribute to the cause of autism, including:

  • Genetics
  • Gene mutations
  • Family history of autism
  • Environmental factors such as pesticide exposure during pregnancy
  • Birth trauma that restricts oxygen supply to the baby
  • Biological factors such as inflammation or infection during pregnancy

There is still a lot of research that needs to be done on autism and what does (and doesn’t) cause this condition.

Down syndrome, on the other hand, is a chromosome disorder that occurs more frequently in pregnancies with mothers who are age 35 or older. Although it can occur in any woman no matter what their age. There are three primary types of chromosomal disorders that cause down syndrome.

  • Trisomy 21– This occurs when every cell has a third copy of chromosome 21. Typically, each chromosome only has two copies.
  • Mosaic Down Syndrome– Some cells have three copies of chromosome 21 and other cells only have two copies of this chromosome.
  • Translocation Down Syndrome– This happens when an extra piece or extra whole copy of chromosome 21 is attached to a different chromosome.

These are some of the most commonly known causes of both autism and Down syndrome—but it is also important to know some of the symptoms of both of these conditions.

Symptoms of Both Autism and Down Syndrome

While autism and Down syndrome have some shared characteristics, there are many distinct different symptoms for each of these conditions. For example, individuals with Down syndrome have physical characteristics including the aforementioned distinct facial features, while individuals with autism have no significant physical attributes.

Many individuals with autism get overwhelmed in social situations and prefer to keep to themselves. These individuals may appear withdrawn or indifferent, or they may prefer to avoid social situations. Individuals who have autism may struggle to understand social cues and communicate in social situations.

On the other hand, individuals with mild to moderate down syndrome typically understand social cues and can participate in social situations more easily.

Many individuals with autism don’t follow a usual pattern for learning language, while some will never learn to speak. Some children with autism will learn to speak and then lose their language development.

Individuals with autism, on the other hand, develop language more typically to that of developing children, although they may struggle with more complex terms or words or speak with a certain delay. However, individuals with down syndrome may just try to copy others and engage in parallel play or act as though other people are inanimate objects.

Shared Traits of Autism and Down Syndrome

 

While there are many differences between autism and Down syndrome, there are also plenty of shared traits between these two conditions. Here are some of the shared traits of both of these conditions:

  • Becoming fixated on routines
  • Less responsive to the sound of their own name
  • Expressive language challenges
  • Difficulty with maintaining eye contact
  • Sensory differences
  • Repetitive play or repetitive behaviors
  • Challenging behaviors when compared to other children
  • Anxiety
  • Hyper-focus on interests
  • Developmental delays

The good news is that there are so many new resources available both for those with Down syndrome as well as those with ASD. This means families can have the additional support they need in order to navigate the unique challenges that come with both of these conditions. 

 

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