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Do You Believe Your Child May Have Special Needs?

The Earlier Your Child’s Autism Diagnosis, The Better

Early Signs Of Autism

In Babies And Toddlers
  • Doesn’t make eye contact (e.g. look at you when being fed).
  • Doesn’t smile when smiled at.
  • Doesn’t respond to his or her name or to the sound of a familiar voice.

  • Doesn’t follow objects visually.
  • Doesn’t point or wave good-bye or use other gestures to communicate. 
  • Doesn’t follow the gesture when you point things out.
  • Doesn’t make noises to get your attention.
  • Doesn’t initiate or respond to cuddling.
  • Doesn’t imitate your movements and facial expressions.
  • Doesn’t reach out to be picked up.
  • Doesn’t play with other people or share interest and enjoyment.
  • Doesn’t ask for help or make other basic requests.

The Following Delays Warrant

An Immediate Evaluation by Your Child’s Pediatrician
  • By 6 months: No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions.
  • By 9 months: No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions.
  • By 12 months: Lack of response to name.

  • By 12 months: No babbling or “baby talk.”
  • By 12 months: No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving.
  • By 16 months: No spoken words.
  • By 24 months: No meaningful two-word phrases that don’t involve imitating or repeating.

Insurance

You may be eligible for special insurances and allowances when you have a child with special needs. Here at The Puzzle Place we try to help our parents with the costs of therapy by involving the insurance companies. Most insurance plans cover ABA therapy for an Autism diagnosis. We accept most insurance carriers and are happy to help you get on board.

To find out if we accept your insurance, Fill out our

Insurance Intake Form

For more information click one of the following links: 

The Puzzle Place

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