Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Milestones (3 mos. to 5 yrs) without Autism

From what I have been reading, most parents who have a child with Autism received their Autism diagnosis between the ages of 3 - 5 years old. A good goal would be to have a diagnosis by the time your child turns 18 months if possible. We received our diagnosis for our son when he was 5 1/2 years old. That's way too late. As I looked back, I wished we would have known that he has Austism at least 2 - 3 years ago.

As our son was born with Down syndrome, we weren't sure what effect Down syndrome would have on his development. We knew that his learning progress was going very slow and we didn't know what really to expect with Down syndrome. When he was 5 years old and still speaking only a few words and doing things such as rocking back and forth, we started getting concerned and started looking for answers. That's when took him to our doctor and quickly learned that he had Autism as well as Asperger's syndrome.

As you learn more about Autism, you will learn that with diagnosing Autism, the earlier the diagnosis the better. In order to help you know how your child is doing reaching various developmental milestones, I have included a link that displays the average expected milestones for a child without Autism. I am hoping that if you find your child is significantly delayed in reaching many of these milestones, you will seek out a professional diagnosis. That way if your child has Autism, you will can focus on coming up with a strategy early on. Here is the link Average Milestones (without Autism).

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