The earlier a child with autism is diagnosed, the better it is for that child. So for all parents out there, knowing what to look out for is important. Often times parents are the first ones to notice the signs of autism in their child, even if they don't know what autism is.
"Very focused on something, very, if you moved something, very disruptive, he was very organized, wouldn't like anything, he didn't talk at all, he would just point."
Rose Garcia is describing her son Francisco, and things she noticed when she was only three. She says every parent should know the early signs of autism.
Red flags include:
*No smiling or joyful expression by 6 months
*No sharing of sounds and expressions by 9 months
*Not babbling by 12 months
*No words by 16 months
*No meaningful two-word phrases by 24 months
Francisco was diagnosed with autism, but today is doing very well thanks to the early intervention.
"He's very high functioning, he speaks a lot better now after 5 years of therapy, so he's been doing good, right now he's doing mainstreaming."
Carmen Garza took her son Francisco to see his pediatrician when she too began to notice some of the signs when he was just two and a half.
"I told him he hits himself a lot, he screams all night."
She says dealing with a diagnosis is hard as a parent, and she went through many different emotions, but it's not something a parent should ignore.
"You go through a phase of mourning, then you, there's anger, it's mixed up feelings, all at the same time, anger, and after you do away with that then you roll up your sleeve and you say, what do I have to do."
Both mothers encourage other parents to be aware of the signs of autism.