Carmel Autism Therapy Center
Don’t wait. Let us help you give your child the best possible chance at success. Evidence shows early identification and early interventions starting at 18 months to 7 years of age have a major impact on school readiness and overall progress for children with autism and developmental delays.
From autism diagnosis assessments and applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy), to parent training and other complementary therapies, we can help your kiddo build the communication and functional living skills he or she needs to thrive. Contact us to start the conversation and schedule an evaluation to get your child started on the path to a brighter future.
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Serving the Autism Community of Carmel, Indiana
Early Behavior and Communication Challenges to Look for in Babies and Toddlers
The sound of the first cry. The first time the eyes blink open. The first tooth that pokes through. – There are many ‘firsts’ parents look for, whether it be signs that the baby finally arrived, or developmental milestones as the kid grows. The firsts are exciting, but they aren’t everything. For a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental disabilities, some of these firsts might be missed.
Gaining Family Acceptance
Is your family not supportive of your child’s autism diagnosis? A supportive network of loved ones is an important part of the treatment process, but for many parents, the most difficult part of autism can be the lack of support from those closest to them. Try these tips and tricks to get family members on the road to acceptance and understanding.
4 Tips for Parents New to the Autism Journey
- To give your child the best chance to lead a fulfilling life, take advantage of the resources available to you. If your child is referred for therapy, research your options to see if there are opportunities for additional resources that may also benefit your family.
- While seeking the proper resources, there are a few additional things you can do to help your kiddo. Continue to talk to him or her and verbally label familiar items as much as possible within your environment. Have your child follow directions in a fun way. Combine short phrases together to talk about what you are doing and the actions you’re completing. By combining your interactions with other people – such as waving and saying “hi” – it shows your child what these mean and how to use them, especially if he or she is delayed in speech.
- Above all, praise your kid and express excitement when he or she attempts to communicate with others, even if it does not come out correctly. It might be frustrating or difficult for them, so your enthusiasm will encourage them to become more engaged with others and willing to try it again.
- If you are seeking the answers as to what is right for your child and family, reach out to us at http://hopebridge.com/contact. We can talk you through the resources available at Hopebridge’s Carmel center and walk you through the referral process for diagnoses or referrals, depending on where you are in your journey.