Every child grows, develops and matures differently. However, it can be helpful for parents to understand how their child is developing and accomplishing milestones in comparison to other children in their age group. Explore each area to see an easy-to-understand grid.
If you feel that your child is significantly delayed in several milestones, please consult your pediatrician or contact the Center for Autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorders are characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before three years of age. Each child who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders will have a unique combination of symptoms that makes it essential for treatments to be customized for each child's unique needs.
Unlike autistic disorder and Asperger's syndrome which have specific symptoms for diagnoses, Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) is a diagnoses given to children who may exhibit some symptoms of Asperger's or autism, but do not conclusively match a diagnosis for either.
Hope Network offers monthly educational programming, specifically for parents of people with autism, called Family Rounds. An extension of the lecture series Grand Rounds, which began in 2012 for professionals and the public, Family Rounds will provide a specific forum with resources and information for parents of people with autism. Parents will learn about solutions available to them, network with other parents and autism professionals, and help build a knowledgebase of the tools in the community.
The topic matter will address an array of areas, including social development, available organizational resources, housing options, financial support, job placement and coaching, continuing education, transitioning to independence, federal/state/municipal support, and emotional wellbeing.
RSVP is optional, but appreciated. Please email attendance toCFARounds@hopenetwork.org.
Professional Grand Rounds
Our professional Grand Rounds is a series of lunchtime lectures on topics relevant to practitioners in the field. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. Pizza lunch will be provided. Following each lecture, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
All lectures are from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Hope Network Education Center, 775 36th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI.
Please RSVP to CFARounds@hopenetwork.org.