As They Grow: April is Autism Awareness Month – How You Can Help Your Child

Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits are LLC Premiere Partners.  As They Grow: Conversations and Resources on Child Development,  is part of their monthly partnership with Little Lake County. All thoughts and opinions belong to Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits.  Images are as credited. 

how you can help your child with Autism


Parents don’t need to be reminded how much can change in 10 years……your newborn  is now in 5th grade, your 6 year old is now driving, your 8 year old is now graduating!!

Ten years ago, Autism affected 1 in 125 children and today it’s now 1 in 68 children. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.   Autism is one of the fasted growing developmental disorders.  But the statistics indicate, approximately one-fifth of all infants born annually are at risk for developmental disabilities.   An additional 20-30% of each birth cohort will require special education services due to social or familial factors such as unresponsive or unstimulating environments.

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Is there a cure for Autism?  What can I do?

There is no one cure for autism, but some children can progress so they no longer meet the criteria for a diagnosis of autism.  Early identification and parent education can greatly impact a child’s development.  Parents, pediatricians or teachers can identify “red flags” for autism and other developmental delays even younger than 18 months old.  Early Intervention (EI) is a program which helps to identify and provide services for children birth to 3 years/36 months of age with an identified “delay” in at least one area of development, including :

● how your child moves and explores (gross/fine motor, hearing/vision)
● how your child learns (cognition)
● how your child understands others and expresses him/herself (communication)
● how your child engages with you and shows feelings (social-emotional)

● how your child uses new skills (adaptive)

You can still help your child even if he/she doesn’t have to have a diagnosis or a “delay.”

Families can talk with their child’s pediatrician, daycare provider or preschool teacher if they have concerns.  Sometimes they are told “wait and see”, but that’s not always the answer parents want to hear.

Many sites within Lake County offer developmental screenings.  Screenings should be an opportunity for a child to demonstrate certain skills or the family to answer questions about what their child can do at home.  Based on the observations and parent feedback, the screener may make a referral for an evaluation.  Families should also leave screenings with information regarding developmentally appropriate activities to do at home.  If not, parents should ask what they should be looking for next and what they can do.

Do you have a question or a topic you wan to learn more about?  Contact Pediatric Interactions.PI_WB LongPediatric Interactions and WeeBits invite families to these upcoming events. Fees may apply but financial assistance may be available through WeeBits. Follow links for complete information:

Infant Massage Class
Fridays  April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, 9:30-10:15 am
Suggested age: 0-8 month old infants (or not crawling yet) is ideal.
Call (224) 360-2542 for more information.

Singing and Signing Class
Fridays through May 1, 9:30-10:15 am
Come learn new songs and signs to encourage Communication and Socialization, Facilitated by a speech-language pathologist and handouts will be provided. Suggested age: 6 months to 3 years old with a grown up.

4th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair
Friday April 17, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Spectrum Support, 1575 W. Lake Shore Drive, Woodstock, IL FREE. Come out and get resources from schools, agencies, support groups, advocates, physicians, therapists, product suppliers and more.

Human Race
April 26, 2015,  McHenry County College, 8900 RT 14, Crystal Lake
Register and select “WEEBITS” to help us reach our goal of $1,500 or MORE.  5k walk/run $30 and 10 and Under Walk or Run (Registration as an Individual or Team Member) $15.

Women’s Hormone Health Workshop
Tuesday, May 5th, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Grayslake Public Library, Room A
FREE, but registration suggested. Hot flashes, mood swings, depression; Weight gain and stubborn belly fat; PMS – will it ever stop?; Menstrual cycle nightmares; Sleeping cycles and insomnia; And so much more… We’ll discuss real solutions that won’t involve
dangerous drugs or surgery.

Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Head Start: Disabilities and Mental Health Community Day
Friday May 14, 1:00-4:30 pm


 

Pediatric Interactions is a Speech and Language Clinic located in Grayslake that supports independence and self-esteem using creative therapy approaches. Pediatric Interventions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, classes, workshops and other resources to help children better communicate.

WeeBits is a non-profit organization bringing awareness and guidance to those families with infants/toddlers who fall outside the boundaries of existing child developmental programs. 

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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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