Monday, April 27, 2009

Mario Giving his first steps (holding our hands)

Mario is getting bigger everyday, he has my Dominican genes. I also saw that Mario and Sam have the same hair line. He is so friendly and playful. He loves to play with with little cars, he helps me around the house and he kiss with his mouth open. He is adorable.
Mario understand Spanish and English and sometimes it sounds like if he is speaking spanish.
He is still a little afraid of walking, I don't know why, but who cares. He is doing everything at his own pace.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Autism Awareness

Watch for the Red Flags of Autism

(The following red flags may indicate a child is at risk for atypical development, and is in need of an immediate evaluation.)

In clinical terms, there are a few “absolute indicators,” often referred to as “red flags,” that indicate that a child should be evaluated. For a parent, these are the “red flags” that your child should be screened to ensure that he/she is on the right developmental path. If your baby shows any of these signs, please ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
  • 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 two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age
*This information has been provided by First Signs, Inc. ©2001-2005. Reprinted with permission. For more information about recognizing the early signs of developmental and behavioral disorders, please visit or the Centers for Disease Control at