Module 1: Early Warning Signs of Autism
Observation: Boy Drawing Bunny
Boy describes body parts to his teacher as he draws a bunny.
Observation: Difficulty with Transitions: Joseph, 4 years 4 months
Shows characteristics of autism: tantrum as a result of having trouble transitioning.
Observation: Dumping and Sorting, 3 years
Shows child dumping and sorting shapes.
Shows characteristic of autism: echolalia. [Pairs well with “Observation: Speech Milestones at 2 Years”]
Observation: Eye Contact: Leighdionne, 2 years 9 months
Shows red flags of autism in the context of an ABA therapy session: no response to name, lack of eye contact.
Observation: Ice Cream Sequence
Demonstrates symbolic play and joint attention in a toddler.
Observation: Imitation: James, 36 months and Alex, 24 months
Shows boys imitating mother and each other in speech and action: parallel play. Example of typical developmental milestone.
Observation: Inability to Locate Body Parts: Sajid, 3 years 1 month
Shows red flags of autism in the context of an ABA therapy session: lack of social engagement and joint attention.
Observation: Inappropriate Play: Evan, 17 months
Shows early warning signs of autism: lack of joint attention and social engagement, inappropriate play with a toys, preoccupation with parts of the toy, lack of pretend play. Demonstrates interaction between therapist and child to encourage appropriate play. [Pairs well with “Observation: Typical Play: Kyle, 13 months”]
Demonstrates aspects of joint attention in a toddler: pointing, eye contact, interaction with mom and brother.
Observation: Lack of Response To Name: Evan, 18 months
Shows red flags for autism (no response to his name when called, even with physical prompt; inappropriate play with toy’s mouthing). [Pairs well with “Observation: Response To Name: Kyle 12 months”]
Observation: Looking at Book with Mom: Katelyn, 14 months
Shows interaction with mom, joint engagement, and imitation of speech.
Demonstrates contrast between two twins, one with early warning signs of autism and one without as they interact with their mother.
Observation: Pointing to Body Parts
Toddler works with teacher identifying body parts and using joint attention.
Observation: Reading Sequence
Development of literacy skills from toddler to elementary age.
Typical response to name, demonstrates joint attention. [Pairs well with “Observation: Lack of Response To Name: Evan, 18 months”]
Observation: Shyness: Akifa, 38 months
Demonstrates shyness in a typical child, despite not speaking, she shows good social referencing and responds to the interviewer.
Observation: Speech Milestones at 2 years
Typical speech and language including age appropriate conversation between toddler and mother. [Pairs well with “Observation: Echolalia”]
Observation: Temper Tantrum: Harrison, 3 years 6 months
Shows temper tantrum in a typically developing child.
Observation: Typical Play: Kyle, 13 months
Typical play in 12-months-old: stacking cups. [Pairs well with “Observation: Inappropriate Play: Evan, 17 months”]
Observation: Typical Play: Richard, 30 months
Demonstrates appropriate play with toy cars.