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Spotting the Early Signs of Autism?

This post is sharing some resources that the PLC came across as we gathered material to respond to a provider’s request for materials that could be shared with parents around Autism. Providers are encouraged to check out the links shared here to increase their own awareness of early signs of autism, as well as, for sharing with the appropriate families of children in their care.

These resources are from the National Autism Association (NAA).

For providers we recommend you head right to the “About Autism” section and begin your exploration at: SPOT ASD by 3

“Anyone can help S.P.O.T. autism early by remembering these four signs:

  • S. Social Differences
    Avoiding eye contact; not showing interest in other children; unusual play patterns; no pretend play
  • P. Persistent Sensory Differences
    Persistently getting upset over everyday sounds; over or under reacting to lights, smells, tastes, textures
  • O. Obsessive/Repetitive Behaviors
    Flapping hands; rocking back & forth; having obsessive interests in a particular object or activity
  • T. Talking/Communication Delays
    Little to no babbling by 12 months; not saying a single word by 16 months; may appear deaf; loss of previous verbal skills or language

download the S.P.O.T. resource sheet (shown above) for a full list of early signs


The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up™ (M-CHAT-R/F) FREE DOWNLOAD!!!

Be REDy Booklet is a free, downloadable toolkit containing resources to help caregivers prevent and respond to wandering incidents.

 First Signs, Next Steps Toolkit – toolkit for parents who are concerned about their child’s development, navigating evaluations, diagnosis and establishing services.


The Autism Society of Maine provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families in Maine.

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FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We are the state affiliate of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). We are the only professional association in Maine dedicated specifically to supporting family child care providers. FCCAM understands the critical role of family child care providers in the lives of children and families. We also understand the hard work and long hours that are required to provide the much needed child care services in Maine’s diverse communities. FCCAM provides opportunities to network both locally and statewide with other family child care professionals for training and support. Through collaboration with other organizations we are engaged with advocating for children and their families in Maine, increasing awareness of our professionalism and value to our communities.