” With the epidemic of autism, one of the most common questions I’m asked during an initial speech-language evaluation with a child is, “Could my child be autistic?
” It’s a question that brings worried parents from all over the world to this website every day.
Today this question may be “Does my child have autism?
” The word “autistic” has become offensive to some and is not used by professionals, but parents do continue to use this term during their initial search for answers.
It often has a basis in reality, but reflects the perspective through with the speaker views reality.
It cannot be verified using concrete facts and figures.
You should also be objective when you are reading, especially news sources.
Waiting until a child is in preschool or kindergarten before seeking professional and educational assistance NEVER leads to the best outcome for a child with any developmental delay.Parents of children with autism play a crucial role in determining the ultimate outcome for their child.Success comes when parents make a huge commitment to learning their child’s unique strengths and weakness, become their child’s biggest advocates, and wholeheartedly embrace a comprehensive approach to improving their child’s developmental skills.Objective is a statement that is completely unbiased.It is not touched by the speaker’s previous experiences or tastes.Many people assume, incorrectly of course, that because a child isn’t talking by age two or three, he or she must be on the autism spectrum.