Autism is a complex disorder with many contributing factors. While there are many theories as to its cause, we believe genetic predisposition along with environmental factors—including but not limited to unprecedented exposure to toxic substances—are the key factors triggering this devastating epidemic. Emerging research supports this theory, making it clear that autism is a whole-body illness triggering a biological brain disorder.
Could My child be Autistic?
According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Autism Facts, "a doctor should definitely and immediately evaluate a child for autism" if he or she:
Does not babble or coo by 12 months
Does not gesture by 12 months
Does not say single words by 16 months
Does not say two-word phrases on his own by 24 months
Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age.
Other Symptoms of Autism
There are a number of things that parents, teachers, and others who care for children can look for to determine if a child needs to be evaluated for autism. The following “red flags” could be signs that your child should be evaluated for Autism or a related communication disorder.
Does not respond to his/her name
Cannot explain what he/she wants
Language skills or speech are delayed
Does not follow directions
Seems to be deaf at times
Does not point or wave bye-bye
Used to say a few words or babble, but now he/she does not
Throws intense or violent tantrums
Has odd movement patterns
Is hyperactive, uncooperative, or oppositional
Does not smile when smiled at
Has poor eye contact
Has difficulty with transitions
Seems to prefer to play alone
Gets things for him/herself only
Is very independent for his/her age
Does things “early” compared to other children
Seems to be in his/her “own world”
Seems to tune people out
Is not interested in other children
Walks on his/her toes
Shows unusual attachments to toys, objects, or schedules
Child spends a lot of time lining things up or putting things in a certain order.