The Faces of Autism: Meet Sophia

Meet Sophia, a strong willed 4 year old girl that was diagnosed with autism at 22 months old.  Sophia particiapated in my project last year (you can check that out HERE), and it was SO AMAZING to see the progress she has made since last year! 

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Sophia had a loss of speech and wasn't making any noise.  She had frequent meltdowns.  Sophia's parents noticed she had repetive movements and she would bang her head.

Sophia is a very strong willed girl.  She is smart and learns quickly.  Sophia loves to play with animals as well color and look at books. In the past year Sophia has made incredible gains in language.  She also excited about adding a sibling to their family this fall.

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Sophia struggles with unexpected changes, loud noises, and some textures.  She has sensory issues,. Sophia also has a hard time with peer interaction and playing with other kids.

Sophia's parents about raising a child with autism:
"She is not undisciplined, she just sees the world differently.. You can’t see Autism. Having a stranger calm her down makes things worse. It’s nice to have people understand and celebrate the small things that most people may take for granted."

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Sophia's parent greatly appreciate the help they have gotten through the various therapies and the amazing therapists at Red Door Pediatric Therapy as well as the support in BisMan Autism Families.

According to studies, approximately 20% of kids with autism experience some type of regression.  The average age of regression is 19 months, which is why a lot of kids get diagnosed between 2-4 years old.  These regressions can be a slow loss of skills or it can happen very quickly and often is followed by a plateau of progression.  If your child starts to lose words or skills they once had, please seek out your pediatrician as well as Right Track of North Dakota.  Early Intervention is incredibly important and can be a key component to future progress and success.