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Signs of Autism and the Perfect Book for Parents of Autistic Kids

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Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is presented when a child’s social skills are challenged, they have repetitive behaviors and when they face difficulty with speech and nonverbal communication.

Autism can present itself at different stages of a child’s life, even up to age 3. It is important for parents or caregivers to learn the signs of Autism to seek professional help if necessary.

***Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.***

● SIGNS OF AUTISM

By 6 months

  • Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions
  • Limited or no eye contact

By 9 months

  • Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions

By 12 months

  • Little or no babbling
  • Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
  • Little or no response to name

By 16 months

  • Very few or no words

By 24 months

  • Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)

At any age

  • Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Persistent preference for solitude
  • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
  • Delayed language development
  • Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
  • Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors

[Source: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism ]

Are you a parent of an Autistic Child? 

If so, here is the perfect book by a Jamaican Author for you and your child that is available on Amazon.

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Rotaract District 7020 and 7030 Join Efforts to Aid the BVI Autism Centre

District 7020 Rotaract Representative, Jevaughn Rhymer and members of his District Board handing over Learning aids to the BVI Autism Centre last Thursday, April 12.

Rotaract District 7020 (RD7020) is a non-profit organization, which is the youth arm of Rotary District 7020 and by extension, Rotary International. RD720  has clubs across the Caribbean such as Jamaica, Cayman Islands, St. Maarten (Dutch), St. Martin (French), Haiti, Anguilla, The Bahamas, Tortola (B.V.I), St. Thomas (U.S.V.I) and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In honour of Rotary’s World Autism Month, Rotaract District 7020’s Representative, Jevaughn Rhymer and members of his District Board handed over learning aids to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Autism Centre last Thursday, April 12.

The items were purchased from the donations given by Rotaract District 7030 (including clubs from St. Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname) after Hurricane Irma hit the island.

Rotaractors will continue to work with the Autism Centre and assist with post hurricane revival efforts.

Kudos to RD7020 and RD7030!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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