Any Baby Can’s Autism Services Program is designed specifically for families raising a child or youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to provide parent education and support through a variety of services such as parent training and education groups.
Autism Services Family Supports
- Foundation Behavior Parent Training
- Secondary Parent Training
- Autism Safety in the Home and Community Training
- Toilet Training
- Personal Hygiene Training
- Sexuality Training
- The Birthday Social (children 12 years and younger)
- Halloween Party
Select services are offered in Bexar, Comal and Kendall County locations. Please search these pages for more information on programs offered at no cost to you. Please click here to get started now.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopmental disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior that typically appear during the first three years of life. Autism Spectrum Disorder is considered to be a “spectrum disorder” because it can significantly vary with each individual in character and severity. We know that ASD occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the United States and around the world. 1 in 59 children, has been identified with ASD according to estimates from the CDC. ASD is about 4 times more common among boys than girls. Learn more at Autism Lifeline Links.
Common Signs of Autism
The most obvious signs of autism include impaired social interaction and communication delay. Many parents of identified children with ASD report that they noticed their differences in their child during infancy. Many parents stated the child displayed the following behaviors:
– Unresponsive to people
– Focused on a particular item with a high level of intensity
– Withdrew from interaction and become indifferent to social engagement
– Failed to respond to their name, avoided contact and lacked empathy
– Engaged in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling
– Obvious language and communication delay
The cause of autism is still unknown, but scientists agree that genetics and environment may be factors contributing to the onset of ASD.
Early signs which require evaluation by an expert include:
– No babbling by age 1
– No single words by 16 months
– No two-word phrases by age 2
– Poor eye contact
– No response to name
– Limited or loss of language
– Limited or loss of social skills
– No smiling or social responsiveness
Signs seen at a later age include:
– Stereotyped, repetitive or unusual use of language
– Preoccupation with certain objects or subject matter
– Inability to make friends with peers
– Impaired ability to initiate or sustain conversation with others
– Inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals
How can I help my child with autism?
Currently there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder; however children with the diagnosis can make tremendous gains in the areas of communication and social development. Most professionals agree that early intervention is very important to help your child acquire language and communication skills along with the ability to interact positively with others.
Educational and behavioral interventions:
One of the most effective interventions is the use of procedures and strategies as defined in applied behavioral analysis (ABA). This intervention assists in maximizing the child’s learning and development through systematic treatments used to enhance skill development and language.
Parents play a key role in their child’s skill development and progress. Learning how to support their child’s communication and behavioral needs is important for everyone involved with the child. Parents and family members should access parent training and support groups offered in the community. (See parent training services offered through Any Baby Can.)
Any Baby Can is proud to partner with Artful Start to provide our children with opportunities to be creative through visual arts. Children with disabilities can find opportunities for art throughout our programs including Any Body Can – Health & Wellness, Sibling Support Groups, Autism Services, and the Walk for Autism.
Artful Start is a nonprofit organization in the disability arts field that provides art programs to children with disabilities. All Artful Start programs are inclusive and their staff have a passion for disability rights and a love for visual arts.