Autism Navigator

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Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and courses developed to bridge the gap between science and community practice.

We have integrated the most current research into a highly interactive web platform with extensive video footage to illustrate effective evidence-based practice. The videos come from the unparalleled library of video footage from federally funded research projects at the Autism Institute at Florida State University. Early diagnosis and intervention has lifetime consequences for children with autis

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04/12/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#8. Uses Your Hand as a Tool

Babies learn to use a variety of gestures from 9-16 months, like giving, reaching, raising arms, showing, waving, clapping, and pointing. Because children with autism may have limited use of early gestures, they may develop unusual ways to communicate, like using your hand as a tool. If your baby is moving or pulling your hand or body part as if it’s a tool, this can be an early sign of autism, particularly if they’re not looking at you.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #9 next week.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn all 16 early signs of autism: https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/11/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#7. Little or No Imitating Other People or Pretending

By 13 months, children begin to learn by observing others and copying what they do and say. They use a variety of functional actions — like putting a sippy cup in their mouth to drink and a spoon in their mouth to eat. From this, they learn to pretend in play — they may offer you a sip with a cup or bottle, give Teddy bear a hug and cover him with a blanket or jiggle a pan with invisible stuff inside to pretend to cook. Children with autism usually have strengths in using objects in solitary play. If your child is showing little or no imitating of others, and is not beginning to pretend in play, this can be an early sign of autism.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #8 tomorrow.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn all 16 early signs of autism: https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/10/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#6. Hard to Look at You and Use a Gesture and Sound

Babies learn to use gestures and sounds from 9-16 months to let you know what they want or don’t want, and what they’re interested in. It should be easy for your baby to use a gesture and sound while they’re looking at you. If it’s hard for your baby to look at you and use a gesture and sound, all at the same time, this can be an early sign of autism.
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Want to learn more? Watch for sign #7 tomorrow.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn all 16 early signs of autism: https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/09/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#5. Limited Use of Gestures Such as Show and Point

Babies are eager to draw your attention to things they’re interested in using gestures such as showing and pointing by 12-14 months of age. These early gestures propel the development of words. An early sign of autism is limited use of gestures, especially showing and pointing.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #6 tomorrow.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn all 16 early signs of autism: https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/08/2024

Can you spare two minutes? It takes even less time than that to learn the early signs of autism. You’re just a click away: https://babynavigator.com/videos/

Watch this brief video that shows what autism looks like in a toddler. If you can spare another minute, scroll down to find out what you learned and see what early signs you can detect.

Autism Navigator courses offers a rare collection of videos of toddlers with autism at 18-24 months, so you can learn what autism looks like before it is usually diagnosed. Learn more at https://autismnavigator.com/courses/.

Learn our 16 Early Signs of Autism. Review the first 4 early signs posted last week and get ready for the next 4 early signs that will be posted this week—starting Tuesday. Flip through our Lookbook to learn all 16 early signs of autism at https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/.

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04/05/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#4. Rarely Responds to Their Name or Other Bids

Babies are tuned to listen to your voice — when you call their name, they respond by looking toward you. Babies readily respond to other social bids, like “come here” with your arms reaching out, wave “bye-bye” as you’re leaving, touch your nose, or look where you’re pointing. Some children with autism don’t respond by looking where you’re pointing, but instead look at your hand. If your baby rarely responds to their name or other bids for social interaction, this can be an early sign of autism.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #5 next Tuesday.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn the early signs of autism: https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/04/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#3. Rarely Shares Their Interests with You

Babies are eager to share their interests with you, first with gestures like showing and pointing, and then with sounds and words. Notice what your baby is paying attention to — to figure out what they’re interested in. If your baby rarely shares their interests with you, this can be an early sign of autism.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #4 tomorrow.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn the early signs of autism:
https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/03/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#2. Rarely Shares Enjoyment with You

Babies readily share enjoyment with you by smiling or laughing and looking at you. Some children with autism smile to show they’re happy but don’t share their enjoyment. Others show little facial expression or have flat affect and rarely smile so you may not know when they’re happy. If your baby rarely shares enjoyment with you, especially when you’re available to interact, this can be an early sign of autism.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #3 tomorrow.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn the early signs of autism:
https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/02/2024

16 EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM BY 16 MONTHS
#1. Hard to Get Your Baby to Look at You.

It should be easy for you to get your baby to look at you. Babies are motivated to be near you, look at your face, and linger on your eyes. If it’s hard to get your baby to look at you, this can be an early sign of autism.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #2 tomorrow.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn the early signs of autism: https://babynavigator.com/earlysignslookbooks/

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04/01/2024

April is Autism Awareness • Acceptance Month. Get ready to learn the 16 early signs of autism by 16 months. Over the next 4 weeks, we will post 4 early signs of autism each week. Look for our post with the first early sign tomorrow, World Autism Awareness Day, Tuesday, April 2nd.

The early signs of autism are easy to miss. Autism can be diagnosed by 18-24 months, but it’s not usually diagnosed until 4-5 years. Our 16 by 16 Lookbook illustrates 16 early signs of autism that unfold from 9 to 16 months — to help you detect autism before it’s usually diagnosed.

Want to learn more? Watch for sign #1 tomorrow.

Flip through our Lookbook to learn the early signs of autism:
https://autismnavigator.com/16-early-signs-of-autism-by-16…/

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Autism Navigator Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and courses developed to bridge the gap b

07/02/2023

Can You Spare 2 Minutes? It takes less than that to learn the early signs of autism. Go to https://babynavigator.com/videos/ and click on the first “Watch Now” button. Autism Navigator tools, courses, and webinars offer a rare collection of videos of toddlers with autism at 18-24 months, so you can learn what autism looks like long before it’s usually diagnosed.

Now, can you spare another minute? Click on the second “Watch Now” button at https://babynavigator.com/videos To the untrained eye, these early signs may seem subtle and can be easy to miss.

Watch more videos with us to learn what the early signs of autism look like in infants and toddlers. For professionals who screen in primary care, diagnose, or determine eligibility, we have two webinars for you to learn how to improve early detection of autism, so families can start intervention earlier:

• Improving Early Detection of Autism with an Eye Toward Infancy — This special webinar will sharpen your observation skills of the early signs of autism in infants and toddlers and offer practical strategies on using Baby Navigator for surveillance and screening to engage families earlier. This webinar is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, rotating between 5:30 and 8:30pm ET. Join us on Tuesday, July 11th at 8:30pm ET. Learn more and register at https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-improving-early-detection-of-autism-with-an-eye-toward-going-down-to-infancy/

• Sharpen Your Observation Skills Using the SORF for Earlier Detection — This advanced webinar offers a unique training opportunity to practice observing early signs of autism and to score the SORF. Join us on Thursday, July 13th and 27th at 12:30pm ET. Learn more and register at https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-sharpen-your-observation-skills-using-the-sorf-for-earlier-detection/

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09/05/2022

The early signs of autism are easy to miss. Join our webinar on Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30 PM Eastern time — Improving Early Detection of Autism with an Eye Toward Infancy. Research has shown that autism can be diagnosed by 18-24 months of age. And yet, the average age of diagnosis in the US still hovers at 4-5 years. For more information about this webinar and to register, go to https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-improving-early-detection-of-autism-with-an-eye-toward-going-down-to-infancy/.

This webinar will sharpen your observation skills of the early signs of autism in infants and toddlers. You will learn how you can use Baby Navigator for surveillance & screening in your busy practice to engage families earlier. Don't be the one who says "let's wait and see" when you have the chance to help a family act early. This webinar is scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month alternating between 5:30 and 8:30pm Eastern.

Make sure to visit our Webinar Page (https://autismnavigator.com/webinars/) to stay up to date on our webinars for families and our advanced webinars for professionals. All of our webinars are FREE but you do need to register. Help spread the word by sharing this with your colleagues, social media networks, and families.

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Join our new 6-week series for professionals that starts on Wednesday, September 7th at 3:30pm Eastern—Coaching Families of Young Children with ASD Using the ESI Model. The Autism Navigator team will share information about the evidence-based Early Social Interaction (ESI) Model that coaches parents to support their child’s learning in everyday activities. For more information about this webinar and to register, click here: https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-coaching-families-of-young-children-with-asd-using-the-early-social-interaction-esi-model/.

Participants will see video illustrations of active ingredients of the model with families of infants and toddlers with ASD or early signs of autism. We will cover the lens of Active Engagement, the layer cake of Transactional Supports, and how we coach parents in the ESI model.

Make sure to visit our Webinar Page at https://autismnavigator.com/webinars/ to stay up to date on our webinars for families and our advanced webinars for professionals. All of our webinars are FREE but you do need to register. Help us get the word out to your colleagues, social media networks, and families.

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Home For families of children 1 to 8 years of age concerned about their child’s social communication development, challenging behavior, or possible autism. We also welcome professionals or anyone interested in learning more about autism in early childhood.

06/09/2022

There is still room to register for our 2022 Summer Training Institute on Autism on June 14, 15, and 16th. It's FREE to attend and it's virtual. You MUST register.

We have a great lineup of presenters:

Tuesday, June 14th: Featured Speaker — Pat Levitt, PhD
Foundational Mechanisms of Brain and Child Development

Wednesday, June 15th: Featured Speaker — Karen Bearss, PhParent Training for Challenging Behaviors: The RUBI Parent Training Program

Thursday, June 16th: Featured Speaker — Scott Bellini, PhD
Building Social Relationships through Evidence Based Social Skills Programming for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Click to learn more and register for 1, 2 or all 3 days:
https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-2022-summer-training-institute/. Dont miss this opportunity.

03/26/2022

Check out the lineup for the Autism Science Foundation 9th Annual Day of Learning on March 30th. There is still time to register and you can join virtually.

ASF's 9th annual Day of Learning is ONE WEEK AWAY!

We are excited to welcome our in-person attendees and our virtual participants who are logging in from across the globe. We are also incredibly grateful to our lineup of exceptional speakers, who will highlight research priorities and leisure activities that will help people with autism live richer, more fulfilling lives.

As always, each TED-style talk will be a thoughtful 15-minute distillation of a critical issue in autism. Here is the full list of speakers and topics:

- Dr. Susan Daniels, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee: Shaping New Federal Priorities for Autism Research, Services and Policy

- Dr. Matthew Maenner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Behind the Numbers: What Do the New CDC Autism Data Mean?”

- Dr. Brigitta Gundersen, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative: Understanding the Biological Bases for S*x Differences in ASD: Novel Research Approaches

- Dr. Amy Wetherby, Autism Institute, Florida State University: Using Mobile Technology to Help Families Detect Autism Earlier and Improve Outcomes

- Dr. Zoe Hawks, Harvard Medical School: Measuring the Impact of Leisure Activities on Quality of Life in Autism: What Do the Data Show?

- Richard Spurling, ACEing Autism: Building Skills Through Tennis: ACEing Autism

- Tom Bak, College Student and Musician: How Music Has Enriched My Life

We still have a FEW in-person tickets left and virtual participants still have time to register for free here: https://hubs.li/Q016yj-50

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01/18/2022

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor and remember MLK, we are launching our new Ideas to Inspire series. This is our first weekly post in this series.

Want to learn more? If you suspect your child has autism . . . learn how you can get started right away: https://autismnavigator.com/family-resources/

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04/26/2021

There is still room to register for our Autism Navigator How-To Guide for Families Webinar on Tuesday, April 27th. This Tuesday we will have a SPECIAL GUEST, Alison Singer. As the mother of a child with autism and legal guardian of her adult brother with autism, Alison is a natural advocate. She has impacted the field of autism in significant and far-reaching ways during her career. She is the Founder and President of Autism Science Foundation and an unrelenting force leading change in our country and globally. Don’t miss this opportunity. To register and learn more, visit
https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-autism-navigator-how-to-guide-for-families/.

How-To Guide for Families Webinar:
Supporting Your Child’s Learning in Everyday Activities

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Time: 1:00 to 2:30pm (Eastern Time)

This free webinar is for families of children 1 to 8 years of age who are concerned about their child’s social communication development, challenging behavior, or possible ASD, or anyone interested in learning more about autism. We watch videos together that show how to turn activities you’re doing everyday into learning opportunities for your child . . . and what it takes to learn to talk.

For a limited time, we will offer enrollment in our How-To Guide for FREE to families of children 1 to 8 years of age who join this webinar. Find out how Autism Navigator and Baby Navigator online resources can help families.

You need to register to participate. We cannot record our webinars because we show photos and videos of our families, so make sure to register with the link above.

Autism Navigator is collaborating with Autism Science Foundation to bring this webinar series to you. Mark your calendars for the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month (barring holidays) at 1:00 to 2:30 eastern time. We will share new content and videos to watch together each webinar.

Want to learn more? If you suspect your child has autism . . . you can get started right away with our How-To Guide for Families: https://babynavigator.com/how-to-guide/

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03/31/2021

Get Ready for Autism Awareness Month with Autism Navigator Webinars. We hope you will join us for our new webinar that is a companion to our signature course — About Autism in Toddlers, held on the First Friday of each month. The next About Autism in Toddlers Webinar in this series is on April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day. Join us at noon ET to stand together with the United Nations to recognize and celebrate the rights of persons with autism to education, self-determination, independence, and employment. We will have some special events planned for this special First Friday. It's free to register. To learn more and register, visit our About Autism in Toddlers webinar page at https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-about-autism-in-toddlers/.

Visit AutismNavigator.com to see how easy it is to learn the early signs of autism, and get to our Family Resources and Professional Courses. Be sure to check out our Webinars page to learn about our 9 webinar series offered in 2021. The best news is that they’re free! Click to find out what we will cover, who should attend, and when they are scheduled. You can register and access resources from our Webinars page.

Make sure to notice our webinar series for families:
• Autism Navigator How-To Guide for Families is for families of children 1-8 years of age who are concerned about their child’s social communication development, challenging behavior, or possible autism, or anyone interested in learning more about autism.
• Our Baby Navigator webinar series, What Does it Take to Learn to Talk: Supporting Your Baby's Learning in Everyday Activities, is for families of babies from birth to 24 months, families expecting a baby, or anyone interested in supporting babies to learn to talk and much more.

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03/31/2021

At one minute past midnight, we will launch a simple idea to inspire you each day. You need to join our Virtual Community for Families to find this new section. Its free and easy to register at https://families.autismnavigator.com. Look for our new IDEAS TO INSPIRE page.

Also, look for our new LIVE CHAT. We invite you to share your best story, memory, or something you wish you could tell another family. Offer ideas, insights, hope, and a reason to celebrate joyful moments with your child.

Our Virtual Community is for families of children 1 to 8 years of age who are concerned about their child’s social communication development, challenging behavior, display of early signs of autism, or who have a child diagnosed with autism. Our Virtual Community is also for anyone interested in learning more about autism.

This Virtual Community is a companion to our Autism Navigator How-To Guide for Families online, self-guided course. This is a place to learn how to get started right away with other families in a safe online environment you can access from anywhere, anytime. Autism Navigator is collaborating with Autism Science Foundation to bring this Virtual Community to you.

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03/07/2021

There is still room to register for our Autism Navigator How-To Guide for Families Webinar on Tuesday, March 9th. This Tuesday we will have a SPECIAL GUEST, Dr. Richard Grinker, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. Dr. Grinker will visit for part of the webinar and share insights from his perspective as the parent of Isabel, a young adult with autism. Don’t miss this opportunity. To register and learn more, visit https://autismnavigator.com/webinar-autism-navigator-how-to-guide-for-families/.

How-To Guide for Families Webinar:
Supporting Your Child’s Learning in Everyday Activities

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 1:00 to 2:30pm (Eastern Time)

This free webinar is for families of children 1 to 8 years of age who are concerned about their child’s social communication development, challenging behavior, or possible ASD, or anyone interested in learning more about autism. We watch videos together that show how to turn activities you’re doing everyday into learning opportunities for your child . . . and what it takes to learn to talk.

For a limited time, we will offer enrollment in our How-To Guide for FREE to families of children 1 to 8 years of age who join this webinar. Find out how Autism Navigator and Baby Navigator online resources can help families.

You need to register to participate. We cannot record our webinars because we show photos and videos of our families, so make sure to register with the link above.

Autism Navigator is collaborating with Autism Science Foundation to bring this webinar series to you. Mark your calendars for the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month (barring holidays) at 1:00 to 2:30 eastern time. We will share new content and videos to watch together each webinar.

Want to learn more? If you suspect your child has autism . . . you can get started right away with our How-To Guide for Families: https://babynavigator.com/how-to-guide/

Help spread the word by sharing this with your friends.

02/07/2021

What are you doing next Friday at noon? Join us on February 12th for a Special Webinar with our Featured Speaker this month — Roy Richard Grinker, PhD, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. It's free. To register, visit our Featured Speakers webinar page at https://autismnavigator.com/special-webinars-with-featured-speakers/.

Dr. Grinker will discuss themes from his newest book on the origins of stigma and evolving attitudes toward mental illness—sharing ideas from his unique perspective as an anthropologist and the parent of an adult child with autism. He will offer insights on how culture and stigma impact the transition to adulthood for adolescents and adults with autism.

This free webinar is for anyone who is interested in or touched by autism. It will intrigue interdisciplinary professionals and college students, families, and anyone else interested in learning about culture, stigma, and autism.

We invite you to explore our redesign of AutismNavigator.com. Click to see how easy it is to get to all of our resources for families and professionals. Make sure to find our new Webinars page.

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02/02/2021

We are excited to announce the redesign of AutismNavigator.com. Click and see how easy it is to learn the early signs of autism and get to our Family Resources and Professional Courses.

The most exciting news is that we've added a Webinars page and will offer 9 webinar series in 2021. Click to find out what we will cover, who should attend, and when they are scheduled. And the best news is they’re free! You can register and access resources from our Webinars page.

We are offering a new webinar series on the First Friday of each month for our signature course—About Autism in Toddlers. To register, visit our About Autism in Toddlers webinar page. We hope you will join us.

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