Know the Signs
Skills such as taking a step, smiling, waving, and speaking first words are called developmental milestones. Milestones matter! These offer important insight to your child’s development. Detecting missed milestones can be a key indicator that leads to an autism diagnosis in your child. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving, or verbally communicating are called developmental milestones.
- No social smiles or other warm, joyful expressions directed at people
- Limited or no eye contact
- No sharing of vocal sounds, smiles or other nonverbal communication
- No babbling
- No use of gestures to communicate (e.g., pointing, reaching, waving, etc.)
- No response to name when called
- No words
- No meaningful, two-word phrases
- Any loss of any previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
If suspect your child may have autism, learn more about Lighthouse’s diagnostic and evaluation services.
Importance of Early Intervention
Early intervention is critical in helping children with autism build skills that allow them to gain independence and improve overall quality of life. The sooner you identify whether your child has autism, the sooner you can get the resources your child needs to unlock potential and reach goals.
Autism Services at Lighthouse Autism Center
Lighthouse Autism Center provides support to families at all stages of their autism journey. Our clinical psychologist offers autism evaluations for families who suspect their child may be on the spectrum. For families whose child has an autism diagnosis, we offer the highest quality ABA therapy in a natural play-based environment. With an innovative clinical model called Lighthouse Fusion™, ABA and speech therapy are fused together into one enhanced approach to autism therapy. Designed by a team of dually certified BCBA’s and SLP’s, some of only a handful in the world, Lighthouse Fusion is leading to better outcomes, faster, for children with autism. Each child benefits from a team of compassionate clinicians working together to develop goals, deliver therapy, and unlock their potential.