Updated: Feb 25, 2022
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
When you as a parent hear the words Autism Spectrum Disorder it can be an overwhelming feeling. There is an abundance of information on Autism and navigating that information can be quite challenging. Autism tends to present in its own unique ways and no two kids typically present in a similar fashion. There are, however, similarities that tend to span across most Autism diagnoses which we will discuss today. Autism is classified as a neurodevelopment disorder with symptoms manifesting in the early years of childhood. These symptoms can present clinically anywhere between the ages of 2-6 years and sometimes as early as 12-18 months. The two major hallmarks of an Autism diagnosis consist of persistent deficits in social communication/interaction as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors.
Language Development with ASD
Most children tend to learn about 50 words and are able to speak in 2-4 word sentences by the time they turn 2 years of age. This is a critical milestone for children to achieve as spoken language is the primary means by which we communicate. Language acquisition in most kids will accelerate exponentially between the ages of 2-5.
The Core of Autism Spectrum Disorder
For a child to be able to express their needs, wants, emotions, as well as their struggles, is of utmost importance in their development which is why language development is often at the core of Autism Spectrum Disorders. If you as a parent start to notice your child isn’t meeting language milestones, make sure to discuss this with your pediatrician so that your child can get the care they deserve.