What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disorders that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 42 boys identified.
As your child grows and develops, there are many developmental milestones that occur. If you suspect your child has Autism there are several red flags to look for; speak to your physician about screening for Autism , learn the signs and act early.
- Video information about child development milestones are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Audio clips providing information on Autism are available through the American Academy of Pediatrics.
There are Best Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Pervasive Development Disorders in Vermont.
Where can you go if you have concerns about your young child?
- A visit to the child’s physician and a possible referral to the Child Development Clinic at the Children with Special Health Needs (VT Department of Health)
- Vermont’s Parent Child Centers. They serve as clearinghouses for general information about child and family issues.
- Children’s Integrated Services (CIS). They provide services for children under the age of 6. If you are the parent of a child age 6 or younger, and you have questions or concerns about a suspected developmental delay or condition, you can contact the CIS coordinator in your region.
- Under Child Find in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, each school district is responsible to evaluate children ages 3 through 21 that are suspected of having a disability. Contact your local school for the name and number of the Special Education Coordinator if you suspect your child has Autism.
The development of this website was fully funded by a grant to the Vermont Department of Health from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.