Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term used to describe a group of neurodevelopmental disorders. Children with ASD possess a complex condition that affects brain development and creates difficulty with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and emotional control. Some children engage in repetitive behaviors, present resistance to change and demonstrate aggressiveness or self-harm. Some autistic children possess an above-average IQ and have astounding memories and academic capabilities.

Children with ASD learn and react differently than typical developing children

A Different Way of Being

Many children with ASD learn and react differently than typically developing children. Each child possesses their own unique set of challenges, skills and strengths. Each has a particular way of processing, socializing and behaving. This results in each one having a unique, individualized disorder. While no cause or cure has been found for autism, early treatment and intervention have proven to have a profound impact on many children’s growth and development.

At Proud Moments, we utilize the scientifically proven and data-driven discipline of ABA therapy to create meaningful changes in important behaviors.

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Signs of Autism

Autism signs and symptoms typically become apparent during early childhood. The list below identifies symptoms that your child may experience. No one child is likely to experience all these symptoms, and some may experience others that are not listed.

Early signs of Autism - What is Autism

  • Avoids eye contact
  • Prefers alone time
  • Difficulty understanding feelings (self or others)
  • Self-absorbed, with difficulty relating to others
  • Touch-avoidant
  • Unresponsive to conversation, questions or directions
  • Repeats or echoes words and phrases
  • Repetitive actions or behaviors
  • Does not engage in “pretend” games
  • Trouble adapting to change
  • Sensitive to textures, smells and sounds
  • Skill regression
  • Difficulty expressing needs

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