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What re the early signs of autism?

The following are considered as the early signs mostly noticed at home: ● Non-reaction to sounds, calling by name ● Delayed or absent speech development ● Repetitive behaviors, or obsessive play ● Odd responses or lack of response to sensory input ● Loss of developed skills Is there a difference between Autism and Childhood autism? […]
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What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder?

It is a serious diagnosis that is characterized by at least two years of normal childhood development followed by a gradual loss of language, social, and motor skills before the age of ten. It is included in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD)and is also known as Heller’s Syndrome, Dementia Infantilism and Disintegrative Infantilism.
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What is pervasive developmental disorder?

PDD-NOS is a classification within the autism spectrum disorder, which is also referred to as atypical autism. It is a catchall diagnosis, meaning that a child classified in this category is likely to show symptoms of autism but the symptoms don’t fit exactly the set of symptoms or severity of symptoms that define the other […]
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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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