Autism is a neurological disorder where the
child typically develops normally until about 18 months of age or by age three.
Some babies may show
signs at birth. The 18 month to age three children
may include any or
all of the following and may begin as mild symptoms, but gradually
worsen with time:
parents I have talked to agreed that the first signs were lack
of eye contact and loss of words.
Autism Research Institute (ARI) has developed an Autism Symptoms Checklist (Form E-2). The responses on Form E-2 are entered
into a computer which calculates a diagnostic score. The score is
sent to the person or agency submitting the checklist. This
is a free and confidential service. It is done for free to
assist researchers with standardizing and improving the diagnosing
of autistic children.
here to go to form E-2:
About 50% of very young
children have recovered with intense early education and/or
dietary changes. Older children can also improve
dramatically. Finding the right treatment for your child is,
unfortunately, the hard part in helping older children.
Don't give up! There are many therapies