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What are the Early Signs of Autism?
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit developmental difficulties as infants, particularly in their social and language skills. Differences in the development of body movements, and social language are often less evident since these differences often go unnoticed because children generally sit, crawl, and walk on time. Families may notice disparities in their child’s interactions with peers and others, in addition to speech/language delays and behavioral issues.
Note: One autistic kid will not have the same symptoms as another autistic child. The quantity and severity of symptoms can be extremely variable!
Recognizing Early Signs of Autism
Autism commonly manifests itself in the first 1-2 years of life.
Some youngsters exhibit numerous early warning indicators, while others exhibit only a few. The number of indicators varies according to the age and stage of development of the child. Early indications of autism may change or become clearer as children grow older. Early symptoms of autism can be detected in children’s social interaction and communication development throughout their first year of life. Responding to their name, making eye contact, and employing gestures are all examples of typical social and communication development in children.
Here are some examples of autism-related social, communicative, and behavioral problems in youngsters
Social interaction and communication
- If your child is autistic, they may: not consistently use eye contact to get someone’s attention – for example, they may not always look at you and then at a snack to show you they want it, or they may not always look back towards you when they see something that excites them.
- They may rarely point to or hold up objects to show you things – for example, they may not point to a dog and look back at you to make sure you’ve seen it too.
- They do not consistently use gestures on their own – for example, they may not wave bye-bye or clap without being asked, or they may not nod for yes or shake their head for no, or they may not smile back at you or other familiar people when you smile at them.
- They rarely copy other people’s actions, like combing their hair when you comb yours not sounding like they’re having a conversation with you when they babble, or they might not babble at all and have difficulty understanding simple, one-step instructions by 1-2 years old – for example, ‘Give me the block’ or ‘Show me the dog’.
Relationships and play
If a child is autistic, then He/she may:
- Rarely exhibit interest in other children, such as not looking at them or attempting to catch their attention;
- Doesn’t like to initiate games such as peekaboo or round the garden
- Rarely engage in pretend play, such as pretending to feed a teddy bear.
Behavioral signs of autism
If a young child is autistic, they may:
- have an interest in certain objects or toys – for example, play mostly with cars or dolls
- have repetitive behaviors – for example, they may spin the wheels of a toy car or pram repeatedly, or take the clothes on and off a doll repeatedly
- interact with toys and objects in unexpected ways – for example, they may enjoy lining up objects or putting toys into piles
Parents: trust your instincts
Consult your pediatrician if you have any worries about the way your kid behaves, plays learn, speaks, or moves. Keep in mind that you are the expert for your child, and your worries are valid. You and your child’s pediatrician will determine the best course of action together. Get a second opinion if you’re uncomfortable with the doctor’s recommendation. Stop waiting. Early diagnosis can have a significant impact on your child’s development.
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