Is It Autism? Helping Parents of Toddlers Understand Autism


I’m so happy to announce the release of my latest book…

Is It Autism?

Helping Parents of Toddlers Understand Autism

If you’re wondering if your toddler has autism, then this book is for you. No parent dreams of finding themselves in your position, not truly knowing what’s going on with your child.

I can help you understand what autism is, and what it isn’t, so that you can begin to wrap your head around this very complicated diagnosis.

With over 20 years experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in treating toddlers and preschoolers ages birth to 4 and through my website, I’ve worked with thousands of families with late talkers. I’ve spent my career helping parents determine if their child has a delay in his or her communication skills, as well as guiding them to know when there are signs that point to something more.

This book will help you begin to sort it all out too, no matter where you find yourself.

  • You may be just beginning to question how your child’s development is progressing and you want to know if your concerns are valid.
  • You may have been worried for a while now and are pursuing evaluations and therapy to address your child’s delays.
  • You may be a parent whose child has been newly diagnosed with autism. This information will point you in the right direction as you seek answers for yourself, your family, and most importantly, for your child.

To demystify autism, I’ve listed the “official” diagnostic criteria professionals use when they assess children for autism and then explained that terminology using every day, real life language.

Because the official criteria can be too “medical sounding,” I’m also including real-life descriptions and stories of how autism looks (and doesn’t!) using the words of parents themselves.

You’ll also see the questions I hear time and time again from concerned parents and I’ll share the same answers I give them.

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Is it autism?” I can help you answer that question.

$9.99 – Click the picture to order.

Get your copy today – exclusively on Amazon. It’s an easy-to-read eBook, so you can get it NOW!

While this book is written exclusively for parents, professionals will also benefit from the latest information about how autism looks in very young children. You can be sure you’re communicating with parents in a way that’s most helpful when they ask you, “Is it autism?” Let me help you know how to respond!

Click the picture to order – $9.99

***In one day, it’s become a #1 Best Seller on Kindle!***

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1 Comment

  1. Mikaela on July 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I’ve been reading a lot about autism lately and I’m planning on buying your book for kindle. I’ve also been listening to your podcast.

    I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on my son. He is (only) 13 months old, but I’m concerned that he’s a little behind in communication and everything I google leads to autism. Right now he only says 1 word, “car”. Sometimes it’s in context (like when he sees his toy cars or sometimes when we go outside), but sometimes it seems random. Is that normal? Can I count it as a word? He seems to be trying to talk a lot lately but it just comes out as nonsense (possibly jargon?). He doesn’t say mama or dada.

    The other thing that’s concerning me is that he doesn’t point yet. He does do what I’ve heard referred to as “whole hand pointing”, where he’ll stick his whole hand/arm out in the direction of something that interests him or something he wants. He doesn’t do this a ton, but he does it at least 3-5 times a day. Would this be considered pointing at all? He can isolate his index finger, so it’s not a fine motor thing.

    In terms of other gestures, he reaches to be picked up (has been doing this for ages), once in a while he’ll hold up a toy to show us, he’ll usually give me a toy if I ask with gesture, but he doesn’t wave. He has waved before, but he just doesnt do it anymore and it concerns me. He’s also not walking yet.

    Those are my main concerns. His receptive language seems good (if we ask where an object is he’ll look at it, and he responds to commands like look at mama, give mama the ball, come here…), he makes good eye contact, responds to his name well, has joint attention, and is just a sweet, happy little boy.

    Is it too early to be worried? Should I call early intervention or give him some time?
    Am I just an anxious first time mom?



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