Andrew's Answer, Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, along with the Matthew Reardon Center will sponsor a three-day workshop for parents and professionals about teaching communication skills to children with Autism or other developmental disabilities.
May 11, 12 and 13 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention center
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone is the featured speaker. For more information call 912-691-0790.
EARLY AUTISM DIAGNOSIS
Experts agree, when you diagnose it early on you can intervene early.
Now Canadian researchers have become the first to pinpoint specific behavioral signs in infants as young as 12 months of age which can predict whether a child will develop autism.
--a passive temperament and decreased activity at six months followed by extreme irritability at 12 months;
--a tendency to fixate on objects
--reduced social interaction and lack of facial expression at 12 months
--fewer gestures, like waving bye bye or pointing at objects
--lower language scores, both in expression and understanding.
"So,for example, by the time babies are about 2 months of age or a little bit older, they begin to smile and that's a very important signal because what it is saying is that the baby is recognizing something in the image that they are looking at and they are responding in a social response. One of the characteristics hallmarks of autism that is children don't have that ability," says Dr. Racien.