Early Signs of Autism

April 9, 2019 12:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Early Signs of Autism

Recognizing the early signs of Autism can be crucial to a child’s future success. Children who are diagnosed early can receive services that may improve their level of independence and likelihood of meeting developmental norms.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), some children can begin to show symptoms of Autism before the age of 1. Other children may not show symptoms until the age of 18-24 months, where they begin to lose previously learned skills. While researching symptoms of Autism and considering if your child fits the description, it is important to consider that an individual with Autism may not display all the symptoms (Autism Speaks, 2019). Conversely, an individual that does not have the Autism diagnosis may display some of the below symptoms. If you feel as though your child demonstrates some of the early signs of Autism, seek professional evaluation.

Listed below are some common early signs of Autism, as described by the CDC and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH):

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Failure to respond to own name by 12 months
  • Limited babbling by 12 months
  • No single word utterances by 16 months
  • Preferring to be alone and only interacting with others to achieve a desired goal
  • Repetitive behaviors, such as hand flapping, rocking, etc.
  • Obsessive and/or limited interests
  • Development of unusual routines
  • Upset by changes in their routines
  • Unusual reactions to how things smell/taste/look/sound/feel

References
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html
https://www.autismspeaks.org/learn-signs
https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Autism-Spectrum-Disorder-Fact-Sheet

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