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Spotting Autism Spectrum Disorders Early

Was anyone out there a bit "fried" when they walked into the stores in November to see Christmas fare everywhere? What's up with that? Retailers know if they can get us thinking about the season (looking for the signs) we are more likely to act (buy stuff). It's not so different when thinking of Autism. If educators can be aware of what to look for early on, they are more likely to act, and this can change the life of a child.

Why Identification Matters

So what to do as a caregiver? Monitor the child's development, take action if you are concerned, don't settle for the "wait and see" approach, and trust your instincts. Any sign of regression is concerning. The younger your child, the greater the impact of treatment on symptoms of autism. But no matter the child's age, don't lose hope. Treatment can reduce the disorder's effects and help the child learn, grow, and thrive. ( Seek help if you are concerned. Pediatricians and Early Developmental Networks are great starting points. Public schools serve children from birth to 21, so a call to school will also get you started on a path to support. Early identification leads to treatment of this neurodevelopmental disorder.

CPS Autism Spectrum Disorders Team

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Their Families and The Teachers Who Educate Them

November's Shining Light Recipient

Amanda Tworek I reached out to a few staff members at Lost Creek to ask if my students could practice phone conversations by calling them throughout the day. Amanda is one of the teachers that my students can choose to call. She has taken it a step farther by calling my room and asking to talk to students just to "say hi". It's been so great that she takes the initiative to help them practice their skills and my students love hearing that the phone is for them! Thanks Amanda!

Who Will Be Next Month's Shining Light? Show Us The Possibilities

Know an employee of CPS (teacher, paraprofessional, specialist, custodian, bus driver, cook, secretary, principal, etc) that strive to engage, connect, appreciate, or interacts with a student on the spectrum. Use the QR code with a QR reader on an iPad or smartphone to find the form nominate that person. Nominations will be selected each month and small tokens of appreciation will be shared. Individuals not selected will be re-entered for the next month's selection. This is our way of acknowledging all the pieces of the puzzle that support individuals with Autism.