The famous poet E.E. Cummings once wrote of his daughter, “You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.” If you are a parent of a daughter, you know exactly what he meant.
Like every parent, you want your child to be healthy and to provide the best support for them to develop intellectually, physically and emotionally. In some cases, girls may have trouble communicating in general, describing their feelings or behaving appropriately in various settings. You may wonder if your daughter is displaying signs that she may have autism.
If you have questions about your child’s developmental growth or how children with autism are supported, Ascend Autism’s experienced team is available to give you the answers that you need. But first, it is crucial to understand what autism is.
What Is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. While scientists aren’t sure of the cause(s) of autism, the learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of children with autism range from gifted to severely challenged. Some children with autism need more intensive assistance in their daily lives; others need less.
While boys have a statistically higher chance of developing signs of autism, parents of girls should also be aware of autism symptoms. Early intervention services, which are typically implemented from 18 months to 5 years old, are critical in helping a child diagnosed with ASD make strides with communication skills, social skills, behavior skills, and beyond.
Remember that it can be challenging for even a trained professional to accurately diagnose autism in children. Further, each child is unique, so they may not display typical signs of autism.
However, common signs of autism include:
- Not responding to their name by twelve months of age
- Not pointing at objects to show interest by fourteen months
- Not playing pretend games by eighteen months
- Avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone
- Having trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
- Having delayed speech and language skills
- Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
- Have unusual reactions to the way things sounds, smell, look, taste, or feel
Signs of autism usually appear by age two or three. Some developmental delays can appear even earlier, and often, autism can be diagnosed as early as eighteen months. So, it is essential for parents to know of the signs of autism so that their girls will have the early intervention they need.
About Ascend Autism
Our Ascend Autism team consists of healthcare operators and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who have years of experience working with children who have autism. The interventions used at Ascend Autism are embedded in evidence-based practices (EBPs), which are therapies and treatments that have gone through rigorous research studies and peer reviews and have been found to be effective for treating children with autism spectrum disorder.
The environment at Ascend Autism is one of caring, support, and superior outcomes. We want your daughter to feel comfortable and secure when she is with us so that she can truly shine, both academically and socially.
Treatment at Ascend Autism
At Ascend Autism, we offer autism spectrum treatment programs for all children, including:
Learn More About the Signs of Autism in Girls Today
Because boys have a greater chance of developing autism, sometimes autism in girls can go overlooked. That’s why it’s so crucial for parents of girls to know the signs of autism so that they can seek out resources and support for help. Ascend Autism has years of experience helping girls with autism achieve their potential. Reach out to our team today by either calling 877.323.8668 or completing our user-friendly online form for more information. Ascend Autism is here for you and your family.