We’re loving that the NY Times is giving autism some time in the spotlight, and we love that they are encouraging folks to see a doctor with concerns. However, we know from our clinical practice that families can get confused if the focus is only on a short list of stereotypical symptoms. We also want families to seek support for concerns, do not be satisfied with a suggestion to “wait and see” if your child is better at the next visit.
Autism symptoms can vary greatly by individual and by age. That’s why we created this series highlighting a few tips for recognizing autism in early childhood, school-aged kids, and teens.
Today, let’s summarize what we’ve learned.
Read about early childhood signs and symptoms here:
IN HIS OWN WORLD
Read about school-aged kids here:
DISLIKE CHANGE IN ROUTINES
INFLEXIBLE IN SOCIAL SETTINGS
POOR PERSPECTIVE TAKING
Read about teens here:
LOW PERSONAL INSIGHT
FEW REALISTIC PERSONAL GOALS
STRUGGLES WITH SELF ADVOCACY
STRUGGLE TO DEVELOP CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
We encourage families to say no to any recommendation to “wait-and-see.” Instead, seek more information if you have concerns for your child. CLEAR Child can help. Contact us to learn more about our approach to assessment, management, and coaching.