Parents in Dallas often contact us to look for local resources and to see if their child might have autism. So what is autism exactly?
There are various indications and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. In addition, some people and children without autism may exhibit some of the same behaviors and symptoms.
Autism sufferers typically struggle to communicate and connect emotionally and socially. They may also perceive sensory information differently than others. These abnormalities help explain some of the behavioral indications of autism.
Early indicators of autism spectrum condition include babbling at four months old and using basic words at two years old. A kid who hits these milestones later or never reaches them may have a developmental problem like autism spectrum disorder.
Autism is diagnosed by age two, however symptoms may appear younger.
Some of the more prevalent indicators of autism include:
- Refusing to look
- Speech and communication delays
- Routines and rules
- Getting irritated about tiny adjustments
- Sight, touch, and scent sensations that aren’t expected
- Inability to comprehend others’ feelings
- Obsession with a limited range of interests or items
- repeated motions such as hand flapping or rocking
- 12 month olds not responding to their names
- 14 month olds not pointing at faraway things
Dallas, TX Autism Support Group
Dallas/Fort Worth Virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Group
Meets second Wednesday of each month 6-7:30pm. For parents and caregivers.
Autism Resources in Dallas, TX
Texas offers services and supports for Texans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.
Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI)
ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three years, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.
Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Services (IDD)
Services assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have problems with learning, mobility, language, self-care, and independent living. Programs include:
Community ICF/IDD programs
Home and Community-based Services
Texas Home Living Program
Independent Living Services (ILS)
The Independent Living Services (ILS) program promotes self-sufficiency for people with disabilities despite the presence of one or more significant disabilities. Objectives of ILS include but are not limited to: living independently, decreasing dependence on family members and attendant services, decreasing the need for supervision in activities of daily living, and increasing a self-directed lifestyle.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Rehabilitation programs help people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and help youth and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The programs also help businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.
Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnership with CONTACT USA. It is the first service of its kind where crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. The chat specialists are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing.
No-cost classes, support group programs and programs for people affected by mental illness and their loved ones as well as education and training for schools, workplaces, faith communities and neighborhoods. 512-693-2000
Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call the LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Autism Speaks Crisis Intervention Resources
Autism Speaks has put together resources to help members of the autism community – individuals with autism, families, friends and caregivers –with accessing support and resources needed to manage a crisis situation.
Autism Speaks, Dallas TX Office
Next Steps for Dallas Families
Pine Cone Therapies, LLC is a leading provider of early intervention Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and speech therapy. Our clinicians are devoted to helping children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We have practiced in Dallas-Fort Worth for over a decade and have expanded to Houston.
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