The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2016! Help Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness by joining together in support by lighting up our community or wearing blue with Faith Works!
As a foster parent it is important to learn the early signs of autism and it would be helpful to become familiar with the typical developmental milestones a youth should be reaching. Austimspeaks.org has provided the following “red flags,” that may indicate that a child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder.
- No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
- Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
If your child exhibits any of the following, please contact your Faith Works! case manager to discuss scheduling an evaluation.
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