Liberal USD 480 Autism Team:
Dayna Reinhart - Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Holly McCarter - Speech-Language Pathologist
Jennifer Hyde - Interventionist
What are the signs of Autism?
Each child with Autism is very different. Some have many of the signs listed below. Some have just a few. Children with Autism might:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do immunizations cause Autism?
A: Current research does not show a link between Autism and immunizations. Failing
to immunize your child is a greater risk.
Q: Is Autism a mental illness?
A: No, it is a developmental disability that impacts communication, social interaction,
Q: Is Autism caused by problems during labor and delivery?
A: Autism is not caused by problems during labor and delivery, but your doctor may
recommend genetic testing.
Q: Can children with Autism learn?
A: Yes! Children with Autism can learn. Often they may need specialized instruction
to help them make the greatest gains.
Q: Does poor parenting cause Autism?
A: No. Autism is a neurobiological disorder.
Q: Is there a cure for Autism?
A: Autism is a life-long disability. The best treatments for Autism are those that include
Special Education programs and ongoing monitoring by a primary care physician.
Q: How do you know if someone has Autism?
A: There is no medical test for Autism. Testing is best done by a qualified team of professionals who will observe a
child’s behavior, review developmental and medical history, and talk to the child’s parents about their concerns.
Q: Does a diagnosis of Autism automatically guarantee Special Education services?
A: The early intervention or school based services staff will conduct a comprehensive
evaluation. This will look at your child’s strengths and challenges. They will meet
with you to determine if your child has an exceptionality and if your child requires supports
over and above what is available in the general education setting in order to be successful.
What if I have questions about my own child?
As a parent, you know your child best. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, begin by talking with your doctor or local school district.
For more information:
Dayna Reinhart at 620-604-2862 oroo