In 2012, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. had been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder.

Autism spectrum disorders include developmental disorders typically characterized by the following:

  • Impaired social interactions
  • Problems with verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Severely limited activities and interests

Symptons are recognizable before the age of three with impairment continuing on into adulthood. Anyone, however, can receive services at SCLARC as long as the diagnosis occurs before age 18.


If you are concerned that your child could have autism spectrum disorder, please review the list of autism signs below. Discuss these signs with your pediatrician or primary care provider and ask him or her about potential therapies. You also can contact us to learn more and to discover how you can use SCLARC resources.

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or afterward
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of previously learned speech, babbling, or social skills between the ages of 12-24 months

Individuals typically are referred to SCLARC by professionals such as doctors, social workers, psychologists, court judges, and teachers, or by family members and friends who are familiar with SCLARC’s resources and services.