Autism continues to be a more common diagnosis among children in Washington state. Nationally, 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys and 1 in 315 girls are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Upon diagnosis of autism, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists may provide a combination of therapeutic treatments. A pediatric neurologist, a specialist who treats disorders of the nervous system, may also be involved in the care and treatment of a child diagnosed with autism. VMC's Neuroscience Institute includes the Pediatric Neurology Clinic.
If you suspect autism based on the signs and symptoms below, please contact your primary care physician or the Pediatric Neurology Clinic at 425.917.6218.
To contact Children's Therapy about autism treatment for your child, call 425.656.4215.
Looking for autism resources? View the Autism Outreach Project 2013 Parent Resource brochure.
Do You Have a Child with Autism or Know Someone Who Does? Special Sensitive Santa Event on December 8 for Children with Autism
Stop by The Outlet Collection in Auburn on Sunday, December 8, 8 - 10 AM, for a special time to visit Santa, reserved just for children with autism.The Outlet Collection will make its Santa area "sensory friendly" with lower lighting and quieter surroundings. Each family who attends will receive a free Santa photo and enjoy festive giveaways to commemorate this magical holiday season.
If you, or someone you know has a child who would enjoy this wonderful event, contact Chantrelle Herburger at email@example.com to RSVP or request more info. The Outlet Collection is located at 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Suite 1268, Auburn, WA.
Sign and Symptoms of Autism
- No babbling by 12 months
- No gesturing (pointing, waving) by 12 months
- No single words by 16 months
- Loss of language or social skills at any age
- Minimal imaginative play
- Does not respond to name
- Cannot convey what he/she wants
- Has difficulty following directions
- Must be touched to gain attention
- Could say a few words, but doesn’t
- Has difficulty maintaining conversations
- Has difficulty understanding abstract language
- Doesn’t smile socially
- Acts independently
- Has poor eye contact
- Tunes others out, including children
- Unable to read sound cues
- Difficulty reading and responding to other’s emotions
- Lack of sharing interest or enjoyment
- Lack of warm, joyful expressions
- Has tantrums
- Seems hyperactive, uncooperative, or oppositional
- Walks on toes
- Doesn’t know how to play with toys
- Has unusual attachments to toys or objects
- Does activities repetitively
- Lines things up
- Is oversensitive to textures or sounds
- Moves in odd patterns
- Spins around or flaps hands inappropriately
- Repetitive movements or posturing of body, arms, hands or fingers