Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) display symptoms at an early age. Experts agree that recognizing these symptoms and seeking early intervention services are key in improving communication, learning, and social skills in young children diagnosed on the spectrum. Every child is unique and displays various skills and skill deficits.
Below is a list of ten common signs that children on the spectrum may display:
- No warm and joyful expressions by 6 months
- Lack of imitating the movements and facial expression of others by 9 months
- No babbling by 6 months or loss of babbling or other social skills at any age
- Infrequently makes eye contact or avoids it altogether
- Does not respond to their name when called by 12 months
- Resistant to displays of affection such as cuddling, holding, or touching
- Inability to communicate their desires or wants effectively
- Prefers to play alone; engages in minimal social play or peer interactions
- Engages in repetitive behaviors that inhibit social growth such as hand flapping, lining up toys, rocking back and forth, etc.
- Has difficulty adjusting to changes in schedule, environment, or routine.
If you believe your child may possibly have Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is important to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. Early intervention of ASD is crucial and can make a huge impact on a child’s overall well-being.