But, on the other hand, specific things leave you worried

You've also often heard that 'boys' speak later than girls

However, you recall what your own mother told you that you were late in talking

Your child wouldn't respond or even turn when their name is called. You used to think they didn't even know their name, but you've had a hearing test done, which has confirmed their hearing is normal.

Your child can count to 20, name most shapes, recognise colours and even recite the letters of the alphabet, but wouldn't call you "mama"

But, what you cannot rationalise is the fact that; Your child is easily distracted, and hardly looks at peoples' faces

Your child seems to be "addicted" to your phone, the tablet or particular TV programs 

Your child has "explosive" tantrums, and sometimes will resort to "self-hitting"

You see how advanced your child is in some aspects

Besides, when you turn on their favourite cartoon, they come running.

Your child prefers to play by themselves

Your child has younger siblings (or children younger than them), who are starting to develop more advanced skills compared to them

How to Get Your Child to Develop
Typical Social & Language Skills

You seem to oscillate between conflicting positions with regards to your child's language issues…

On one hand;

Do the following sum up your feelings about
your child’s language delay;

Why is it that your child can accomplish complex tasks
like recognising the unlock pattern on your phone, but
won’t wave “good bye”?

Most people around you have told you that your child will eventually talk,
and that you shouldn't worry...

BUT, in as much as you would like to ‘think positive’ and ignore all the
signs that all sadly point to something not being quite right, you know you
now have to be open to the possibility that all may not be going well…

Is it possible that your child
may be displaying signs of Autism?

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You have “googled” incessantly on the topic, and the more you read, the more it sounds like your child could be on the spectrum

The panic sets in each time you read about a characteristic that you see in your child

You feel utterly hopeless; you don't know how to help your child

You wish someone could reassure you that everything will work out for your child

And, you're right!

Things will work out for your child!

Children with Autism or Autism Traits do make

brilliant progress through therapy

What if I told you;

Your child can learn to call you "mama" or "baba" and eventually
 be able to hold a conversation

Your child can learn to play appropriately with others

Your child can stop throwing tantrums and self-injuring themselves, and the key to this is them learning how to communicate 

WHAT IF I told you, I have seen many children, with symptoms similar to what your child may be displaying, learn to socialise and communicate

And if you're asking "how can I be sure when I haven't seen your child?"

I'll say, "I haven't met a child not capable of learning!"

I'll also say, "In my 15+ years of experience, there are very few
new situations or traits, which I haven't encountered!"

MOST of the so-called Autism Traits I most commonly see in children are a reflection of the home environment in which these children live in, and therefore, if you can tweak aspects of the environment, you can most definitely improve your child’s outcomes!

I can also say with a high degree of certainty that…

Have not had the opportunity to be taught different skills from what they display 

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What I have noticed in a majority of children, who have presented to our Clinic with language delays or concerns about Autism is that they…

May present with behavioural issues that compound their speech and/or language issues

Are too difficult to "engage" that what ends up happening is that
 everyone gives up when they start to throw "tantrums" and "gives in"
to their demands... more screen time, 'don't play with me' demands, 'don't ask me to tidy up/pick up something', etc.

Receive very little "engagement" compared to the other children around them because again, they are "too difficult" to engage or they demand very little attention/interaction

Have most of their needs met for them, and sometimes pre-empted for them, so that they do not even need to communicate, because someone  already understands
and encourages the 'inappropriate'
ways in which they make requests eg. screaming, gesturing,
snatching, hitting, etc.

And, most often, these children never have anyone showing them how to
'play'. Yes, they may have access to toys, but they play by themselves and
often times, they play very rigidly with the toys they have 

Does your child either hold onto a toy, and walk around with it, or only favours 1 or 2 toys out of the basket full they have, or do they sometimes play
rigidly with them like lining them up, etc.

And, when
parents ask me
whether their
child has Autism,
this is what I
usually say to
them…

             I am not in a position to diagnose your child after seeing them in just 1 session, and besides, a speech therapist alone cannot offer an official diagnosis of Autism

Second,

                  I am not in a position to diagnose your child after seeing them in just 1 session, and besides, a speech therapist alone cannot offer an official diagnosis of Autism

First,

It would be the same as saying there was something wrong with the feet of the child, who isn't crawling, but who is also not being given a chance to, because they are always being carried

Or judging a fish by their ability to climb a tree…

You get the drill!

Besides, whether your child receives an official diagnosis of Autism or not isn't the most important thing (particularly if you live in countries where a diagnosis doesn't get you access to FREE services), knowing what to do to
improve your child's language skills, is

Whether you receive a diagnosis or not, but still identify that your child has undeniable social and language skills gaps, therapy is what they require!

To gain quick skills that will enable you to start giving your child the  "ideal" from home

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I created this Watch n’ Learn:
Autism Traits Series in order for you;

To improve the quality of the interactions you have with your child so that they can facilitate their language development 

To ensure you're always building your child's social and language skills even if they don't seem interested 

To learn what things you should focus on and what things just won't improve their communication skills

Ever seen a child who will count to 50 or 100, but won't say, "give" or can recite the alphabet, but won't repeat single words or sounds after you...

To see, from my demonstrations, how to use play sessions as language- building opportunities

What Autism is

Environmental factors that can contribute to ‘Autism traits’

Environmental factors that can  contribute to ‘Autism traits’

What you can do to start improving your child’s social skills

Demonstration videos on how to improve your child’s play skills grown  your child’s language through play

What you will learn from these video series:

3 short videos of me ‘teaching’ the important bits about pervasive language disorders; more specifically traits that may be associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to replace these with more typical language skills

When you purchase the series, you will get:

6 demo videos of how to carry out some of the techniques discussed in the ‘lecture’ videos

Watch n’ Learn: Autism Traits Video Demos Explanation Notes

Your child is aged between 22 months and 3 years and is not yet engaging anyone in conversation, yet may display advanced skills
 in eg., counting, the alphabet and other basic concept knowledge

Who are these video series for?

Does this describe your situation;

Your child does not consistently respond to his/her name although when alerted to a high interest item, will respond immediately

Your child appears to prefer independent play, and often doesn’t co-operate when engaged in play

Your child pulls you by hand when wanting their needs met, but rarely points

Your child is difficult to give instructions to

You hate to admit it, but you are concerned that your child may be showing signs of Autism

You wish you could be given pointers on how to go about improving
 your child’s communication skills, from home

How do I access the video series?

No one can promise a ‘cure’ for Autism, besides, it is possible that your child does not even have Autism, but rather, is just displaying traits associated with Autism. Whichever the case though, these video series will provide you with more information about the traits associated with Autism, and ways in which you can build your child’s social and language skills, which will significantly reduce on the “traits”.

Will this ‘cure’ my child’s Autism?

After you purchase the video series, you'll get an email from us with instructions for logging into your course.

How do I access the video series?

Great question! No general course could ever replace an individualised speech therapy program. That said, these videos are meant to give you immediately implementable tips should they realise or suspect that your child may be displaying traits associated with Autism.

Do these videos replace face-to-face speech therapy?

These series can help you support your child’s speech, by acting as a stopgap measure until you are in a position to seek evaluation from a speech therapist. In best case scenarios, these series can help set your child on a trajectory of typical language development. The tips I share here can also be used in conjunction with your child’s speech therapy plan.

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