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Frequently Asked Questions About Autism

Browse categories below to find answers to the most frequently asked questions on autism and ABA Therapy.
  • What milestones should my child be reaching?

    Understanding what typical social, emotional and motor-skill development to look for in your child is important and knowing what to do next is critical in setting your child on a path toward success. Below are example developmental milestones children should be reaching:

    9 MONTH-OLD MILESTONES:

    • Bears weight on legs with support
    • Sits with help
    • Babbles (says “mama,” “baba,” “dada”)
    • Responds to own name
    • Transfers toys from one hand to the other

    1 YEAR-OLD MILESTONES:

    • Crawls
    • Stands when supported
    • Searches for things that he or she sees you hide
    • Says single words like “mama” or “dada”
    • Points to things

    18 MONTH-OLD MILESTONES:

    • Points with intent to show things to others
    • Knows what familiar things are used for
    • Copies others
    • Gains new words
    • Knows at least six words
    • Notices when a caregiver leaves or returns

    2 YEAR-OLD MILESTONES:

    • Uses two-word phrases (for example, “drink milk”)
    • Knows what to do with common things such as brushes, phones, forks and spoons
    • Copies actions and words
    • Follows simple instructions

    3 YEAR-OLD MILESTONES:

    • Copies adults and friends
    • Takes turns playing games
    • Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps
    • Says their own first name and age

    4 YEAR-OLD MILESTONES

    • Enjoys doing new things
    • Would rather play with other children than by themselves
    • Able to name some colors and numbers
    • Can tell you what they think will happen next in a book

    If your child is displaying any sign of developmental delays when comparing to their expected milestones, it’s important to speak to your child’s physician as a diagnostic test or screening for autism spectrum disorder may be necessary.

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