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SENECA AUTISM LEARNING & SUPPORT ASSOCIATION

S.A.L.S.A.


 
OUR MISSION

Our goal is to bring awareness to Seneca County and the surrounding communities by offering information, education, recourses and support to parents, caregivers, families, educators and professionals.




Autism is a neurological disorder, but many of the children look like a typical child. Over 1.5 million children in the U.S. are affected with autism.  1 in 94 boys have autism; Every 20 seconds a child is diagnosed with a form of autism. With the Centers for Disease Control now reporting 1 in 150 children diagnosed with autism, you probably know someone with autism.


SALSA meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center at Sentinel, 797 E. Clinton TR 201, Tiffin, Ohio.

Contact information: slhallett2000@yahoo.com


Seneca County Autism Support Group meetings are held the first Tuesday of  every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center of Fostoria
801 Kirk St.  Fostoria, Ohio. 

Please contact Jessica @ 419-436-1898 or 419-619-8689 with any questions.

Autism Symptoms Checklist

1. Make little or no eye contact
2.  Do not speak as well as other children their age
3.  Do not try to communicate by pointing or miming
4.  Do not use their imagination during play
5.  Show no response when smiled at
6.  Tend to spin toys or line them up rather than play with them
7.  Can become unusually attached to objects
8.  Would rather play alone because they do not interact with other children
9.  Are prone to tantrums for no apparent reason.

 

List of websites to help with autism information:
www.autism-society.org Society of America
www.feat.org Families for early autism treatment
www.autismspeaks.org Autism Speaks
www.autism.com Autism Research Institute
www.autismawareness.com Autism awareness
www.senecacdd.org Seneca County Developmental Disabilities
www.ohiohelpmegrow.org Help me grow
www.asno.org Autism Society of Northwest Ohio
www.autismohio.org Autism Society of Ohio
www.firstsigns.org First Signs
www.ocali.orgOhio Center for Autism and Low Incidence
www.helpautismnow.com  Help autism now
www.talkaboutcuringautism.org  TACA
www.healpautismnow.com  Help autism now

Individuals who fall under the Pervasive Developmental Disorder category in the DSM-IV exhibit commonalties in communication and social deficits, but differ in terms of severity. Here are some major points, (from the Autism Society of America), that help distinguish the differences between the specific diagnoses used:
Autistic Disorder:  impairments in social interaction, communication, and imaginative play prior to age 3 years. Stereotyped behaviors, interests and activities.
Asperger's Disorder: characterized by impairments in social interactions and the presence of restricted interests and activities, with no clinical significant general delay in language and testing in the range of average to above average intelligence.
Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified: (commonly referred to as atypical autism) a diagnosis of PDD-NOS may be made when a child does not meet the criteria for a specified diagnosis, but there is a severe and pervasive impairment in specified behaviors.
Rett's Disorder: a progressive disorder which, to date, has occurred only in girls. Period of normal development and then loss of previously acquired skills, loss of purposeful use of the hands replaced with repetitive hand movements beginning at the age of 1-4 years.
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder: characterized by normal development for at least the first 2 years, significant loss of previously acquired skills. (American Psychiatric Association 1994)

 

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Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities • 780 East County Road 20 • Tiffin, Ohio 44883
Phone: 419-447-7521 • Fax: 419-448-5294