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What are the signs of autism?

According to Ada, the common signs of autism include:

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Delayed speech and communication skills
  • Reliance on rules and routines
  • Being upset by relatively minor changes
  • Unexpected reactions to sounds, tastes, sights, touch, and smells
  • Difficulty understanding other people’s emotions
  • Focusing on or becoming obsessed by a narrow range of interests or objects
  • Engaging in repetitive behavior such as flapping hands or rocking
  • Children not responding to their name by 12 months
  • Children not pointing at distant objects by 14 months
When will I notice the signs of ASD?
These symptoms are often observable during the first 12-24 months of the child. However, they can also occur earlier or later than that period.
How can I confirm if my child has ASD?
If you think your child is exhibiting the symptoms of ASD, it’s best to have them checked professionally by a licensed autism diagnostician, which includes a licensed psychologist or a licensed developmental pediatrician.
What tests are used to diagnose ASD?
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)
  • Autism Diagnosis Interview (ADI)
Who will provide ABA therapy?

An ABA treatment team includes:

  • Registered Behavior Technicians
  • Board-Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Parents
  • Caregivers
How often will my child be seen by the BCBA?
As a general standard of care, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) recommends that Board Certified Behavior Analysts supervise 2 hours for every 10 hours of direct treatment hours.
Can I see the data from my child’s behavioral programming?
Of course. At Community Connections Healthcare Services, we collect and analyze data through HIPAA-compliant practice management and clinical software program. You can view all the collected data through our system’s parent portal.
What happens if a schedule is canceled?
It is best to make up for the time of the session by scheduling extended sessions for several days or scheduling a makeup session right after school.
Can ABA cure ASD?
No. But ABA therapy can significantly minimize the detrimental effects of ASD.
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