Autism is a developmental disorder that affects communication and social interaction. It is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because it covers a wide range of symptoms and severity. About 1 in 36 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism.

Autism does not define the child who has it. Each individual with autism is unique and has their own strengths and challenges. It’s time to focus on abilities rather than disabilities and celebrate the diversity that makes our world so beautiful. So let’s break down everything you need to know about autism and how CBHA can help.

Signs and Symptoms of Autism:

The signs and symptoms of autism vary from child to child, but some of the most common include:

  • Delayed speech and language skills
  • Lack of eye contact and social interaction
  • Repetitive behaviors or routines
  • Difficulty with nonverbal communication, such as facial expressions and body language
  • Difficulty making friends or playing with others
  • Difficulty with changes in routine or environment
  • Sensory sensitivities, such as being overly sensitive to sound, light, or touch

It is important to note that not all children with autism will exhibit all of these symptoms, and some children may exhibit other symptoms not listed here.

What Parents Should Know About Autism:

If you suspect that your child may have autism, it’s important that you bring him/her into our clinic to see Vanessa Frank, ARNP. CBHA is a Center of Excellence, meaning we have providers like Vanessa Frank, ARNP, who can diagnose children with Autism, instead of being referred out to another facility and being put on a 2-year waitlist to see a doctor.

Early intervention can greatly improve outcomes for children with autism, and there are many treatments and therapies available to help children with autism reach their full potential. These can be done with our Family Services department.

Educating yourself, family, and friends on this topic is important to be able to connect to resources within the community. The more you know about autism, the better equipped you will be to advocate for your child and to provide the support and services they need to thrive.

Our 5K Color Run: Run For A Cause provides financial and Emotional Support for families who live with Autism in their homes, along with providing awareness for this condition.

Be part of the cause at this year’s Color Run, and show your support towards children with Autism. Sign up for the race now!

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