Q. My child isn’t talking
There could be a variety of reasons why your child has yet to reach their milestones.
It is important if you are worried that you seek help and advice from your child’s health visitor or your GP. When consulting your GP or health visitor have a think about the following (based on around 2yrs)
- My child has 50 words or more
- My child can communicate their needs
- My child is understood for the majority of the time
- My child understands me
- My child shares and enjoys stories, songs and rhymes with me.
- My child is beginning to ask questions.
Q. How can I tell if my child has autism?
There may be a few indicators that have made you start to think that your child is autistic. The only way to really find out is to seek medical advice and go to your GP to ask for a referral.
You may have noticed.
- Not reaching milestones that your child’s peers are reaching such as talking.
- Your child may play in a different manner to their peers.
- Your child may seem to ‘not hear’ or understand your instructions.
- Your child may find different places difficult which cause stress and anxiety but you are not sure why.
- Your child may not like to be hugged or likes to be hugged tightly, find smells or tastes difficult or really like certain tastes.
Q. What is autism?
Autism is a neurological difference, it means that an autistic person’s brain works in a different way.
Autism can have an impact on how a person communicates and processes their environment and the world around them.
The medical diagnosis that an autistic person will have difficulties in;
- Communication, such as making their needs known, understanding and processing language.
- Social interaction, such as difficulties in understanding emotions of themselves and others, difficulties in understanding other people’s thoughts and intentions.
- Repetitive actions and behaviours, such as needing to do things in a certain way, having a routine that needs to be stuck to.
- Sensory processing difficulties, such as finding noise painful, disliking certain tastes or textures, seeking out certain movements.
Q. If my child has autism will they grow out of it?
Autism is a neurological difference, it means that an autistic person’s brain works in a different way. They will not grow out of it but here at the Circle Centre, and through the outreach services at Autism Early Support we can guide you in finding ways to support your child in navigating their world.
Q. My child has certain behaviours
Your child may have different behaviours, they could be repetitive, such as hand flapping, running up and down, turning a book in a certain way. This is very important to your child and it could be for a variety of reasons. It could show how they are feeling albeit happy or sad. It is a way that they can control their environment.
Q. How can I help my child?
You already are!
- Learn about autism, join our webinars and learn about how you can support your child.
- Get involved. Get involved with your child, if they are lining up their cars have a go.
- Enjoy the successes. However small celebrate those little success as they all add up.
- Ask for help. We can offer support in a variety of ways. From training; our nursery; outreach support.
- Find other people. As you begin this journey remember there are other people that are on the same path. As part of our offer we have family support groups where you can link up with people and share experiences.
If you would like to discuss ways that Autism Early Support can help please contact us