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Signs of Autism

The Autism Speaks - Autism Spectrum Disorders Video Glossary is an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

If you are concerned about your child, call the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (Intake) at 613.737.0871 ext. 4425. Early intervention is important.  Wait times continue to be very long.

Dr. Rossana Tirado is an OHIP pediatrician that does diagnostic assessments for toddlers. Her information is listed on our Info & Resouces page.

If you have private health care insurance, check to see if it covers a psychologist.  You may want to book privately.  Check our Info & Resources page under Private Psychologists & Therapists.  

There is a new screening tool for toddlers:

FROM THE FIRST WORDS PROJECT - A NEW SCREENING TOOL FOR CHILDREN 9 TO 18 MONTHS OF AGE*

Smart Early Screening for Autism and Communication Disorders (Smart ESAC)
 
How can you screen for a communication delay in a child who can’t talk yet?
  • Infants and toddlers can be screened for skills that develop before children learn to talk, such as gestures, sounds, and actions with objects used in play.
  • The Smart Early Screening for Autism and Communication Disorders (Smart ESAC) is a new online screening tool designed as a universal screen based on parent report for children 9 to 18 months of age.
  • You will view a brief video before screening that explains the Smart ESAC and our Parent Portal.
 
All families screened with the Smart ESAC will have access to your child’s results and much more on our Parent Portal.
  • Free access to the Social Communication Growth Charts.
  • Screening reports & invitations to rescreen every 3-6 months.
  • Links to resources in our Seamless Path for Families tailored to screening results.
  • Monthly online check-ins to monitor next steps for your child.
  • Invite your doctor or other service providers to view your portal to help build your care team to support you and your child.
  • If your child’s screening result shows a risk for autism, you will be invited to Autism Navigator courses and tools.
The Smart Early Screening for Autism and Communication Disorders (Smart ESAC) can be found at www.firstwordsproject.com 
This screening tool is free to use.  The tool is for children 9 to 18 months regardless if they have any words or not. 
 
If your child is between 9 and 18 months, First Words Project invite you to participate in their research and have your child screened with the Smart ESAC tool.  
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