Warning SignsA child that shows the following behavior may have autism and should be diagnosed:
• Does not answer when he is called by his name
• Does not point to show or share his interest
• Has not developed oral language, or had some words but does not use them anymore
• If he talks, he is very repetitive or talks in a peculiar way
• Laughs or cries for no apparent reason
• Uses toys in unusual ways (spins, throws, or lines them)
• Prefers to play by himself, does not react to what is happening around him, does not relate with other children
• Does not make eye contact or smile socially
• Appears to be very independent. Does not express needs (or cannot)
• Does not point, greet or shake hands. Does not look to where you are pointing
• Very sensitive to certain textures, sounds, smells or flavors
• Makes strange, repetitive movements (flapping hands, spins) or tiptoe
• Frequent tantrums or resistance to change
• Unusual attachment to certain objects or to specific stimuli
• Does not use social, symbolic or imaginative (make-believe) play
Autism- Autism is not a disease. People with autism have a neurological condition in which the brain is set up in a different way and, as such, they understand and relate to their environment in a slightly different way.
This difference in how the brain is set up leads to certain common characteristics in three developmental areas: communication, social interaction, certain ritualistic patterns of behavior.
People with autism have “strange” behaviors: they shout, laugh, flap their hands at times that may seem inappropriate, or they repeat over and over the same thing to keep calm. They communicate their frustration by crying in what may seem excessive and irrational. Things that are funny and pleasant to some persons can be the complete opposite to people with autism. A birthday party, music or the movies, going to a mall, food, can be so overwhelming that they may lead to a crisis. Their way of understanding the world is different, so their response to outside stimulus is not necessarily what is expected. This is why they may seem strange and they are frequently rejected.
Our TeamOperational structure:
• Founding members
• Board of directors
• Highly qualified professional team
• Working committees
As a team we offer
The strengths of the organization are based on:
• Involving parents and professionals committed to caring for persons with autism in Guatemala
• Forming a professional team specially trained in attention to persons with autism
• National organization that provides specific services for autism care
• Develop as an organization the promotion of strategic alliances with institutions and professionals related to autism, both locally and internationally
• Promote the training of professionals and the investigation on autism in Guatemala
We aspire to stimulate the emotional, intellectual, social, environmental, and physical development of persons with autism spectrum disorder, innovating and providing comprehensive tools that boost their strengths, adjusting them to their individual needs in an environment that promotes professionalism, respect, inclusion, and affectivity.
To be agents of change that can influence Guatemalan society by providing services for the development of persons with autism spectrum disorder and their environment, in order to promote change in the attitude of the population and institutions and making them active part of the solutions.