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Our Mission

First Signs is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and related disorders.

With developmental, behavioral, and learning disabilities on the rise, there is much that remains poorly understood, from cause to cure. However, there is one widely-accepted fact: early and intensive intervention can have a profound impact on the quality of life for children at risk and their families. The key is early detection. But recognizing the early signs can be a challenge for parents and healthcare professionals alike.

Our organization aims to educate parents, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other professionals to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child. Our goals are to improve screening and referral practices and to lower the age at which young children are identified with developmental delays and disorders.

The First Signs website provides a wealth of vital resources, covering a range of issues: from monitoring development, to concerns about a child; from the screening and referral process, to sharing concerns. We invite you to explore our website in your search for answers.


What's new and worth knowing about...

A must read! The First Year®: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Child, by founder and president, Nancy D. Wiseman (Da Capo Press, 2009).
[Read more information and reviews | Read an excerpt | Read the Table of Contents | Order online]

Be sure to check out the ASD Video Glossary! Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, you can spot the early red flags for autism by viewing side-by-side video clips of children with typical behaviors in comparison with children with autism.
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In paperback and hardcover: Could it Be Autism? A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps, by founder and president, Nancy D. Wiseman (Broadway Books, 2006). To read reviews, [Read more information and reviews | Order online | Read an excerpt]

AAP Urges Early Autism Screening. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging early screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for all children. View their reports: “Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders” and “Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.” [Read related press]

Promote developmental screening in your state by airing First Signs public service announcement (PSA) [View the 30-second PSA]. Please contact First Signs if your organization is interested in airing this PSA in your community with your organization's name or logo in the last few seconds, please contact First Signs. NOTE: the PSA requires the Windows Media plug-in to play [Download the Windows Media plugin].

For the most complete listing of upcoming autism-related conferences and events, visit the Schafer Autism Report.


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Last update: 03/13/14
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