Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social and behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorder includes several conditions that were previously diagnosed separately. This includes: Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

Harbor is committed to working in a coordinated effort that will set standards to diagnose early, offer options for individualized intensive interventions, as well as provide continued care and support for the unique needs of families affected by autism.

The signs of autism usually appear within a child’s first three years, often within the first 12 to 18 months. ASD manifests in countless ways and in many combinations. Every child is different.

Here are some Red Flags for Autism:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months
  • No back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or facial expressions by 9 months
  • No back and forth gestures (pointing, showing, reaching, waving) by 12 months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • ANY loss of speech or social skills at ANY age

The rates of Autism have increased at a seemingly alarming rate. Locally, thousands of families are affected by ASD. In the past, support and services have been fragmented disjointed, difficult to access, or non-existent. Harbor is a member of the Toledo Regional Autism Network (TRAN), a collaboration between The Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Children's Hospital Autism Early Learning Program and other local healthcare organizations, universities, community groups and parents working to improve access to services and provide care for individuals and families affected by Autism.


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