I often work with parents who are concerned that their baby or child is not making eye contact, struggling to meet their motor and learning milestones, or doesn’t respond to their name. Oftentimes, the wonder whether the child has Autism.
First Signs is a wonderful organization dedicated to educating parents and professionals about early signs of autism and the importance of Early Intervention.
They have great pages on:
- Red Flags
- Hallmark milestones from birth to three years
- How to share your concerns with your doctor?
- Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
I love how they emphasize that paediatricians should better screen children during routine visits and the importance of partnership between parents and healthcare providers. Parents know their child best and have a gut instinct when there is a problem. It’s our job as healthcare providers to listen carefully to what parents are saying and make a proactive action plan. Rather than wait-and-see, let’s act early and make the most of a child’s early years when they are constantly learning and growing. Let’s use prevention versus trying to remediate a problem later. It’s never to early and Early Intervention is key.