Experts are now getting better at recognizing the early autism signs. Infants as young as 6 months are now known to display some of these signs. Autism does not affect only the child, but the rest of the family as well. In one study, it was discovered that the siblings of an autistic child also had behavioral problems like aggressiveness, acting out, and attention deficiency.
Autism experts encourage parents to observe their babies for signs that would indicate autism and other disorders. This will greatly help the development of the child as early programs and therapies will be conducted. Upon noticing the early autism signs, infants must be evaluated immediately by their doctors.
Here are the most common autism signs infants displays:
Do Not Babble or Have difficulty Communicating
Upon reaching 12 months, infants are expected to babble or baby talk. They should also start using single words by 16 months and two-word phrases by 24 month. If your baby is not able to do produce these words, you must bring this to the attention of the pediatrician to check if your child has hearing disorder or other problems.
Do Not Point or Make Other Similar Gestures
Infants about 9 months old should be able to point at things that interest them. These may include colorful or shiny things, moving objects, or things that produces sounds.
Do Not Make Eye contact
This is one of the most common autism signs. Infants with autism would look away if you try to make eye contact with them. Their gaze is also unusual and brief.
Display Lack of Interest in People and Objects
This is one of the distinct features of an autistic infant. They have no interest in most things and would just stare in blank. There are even times when they are disinterested in their parents and do not want to be touched or cuddled. They do not turn their head when their names are being called and do not even smile at their parents.
Some also are not interested in toys, or do not play the toy like it is supposed to. They tend to focus on parts and not the whole toy, like the wheel of car.
Infants with autism like doing things over and over again. You may notice them flapping, head-banging or rocking constantly even while in their cot.
Size of the Head
When you send your baby for general check up, the doctor will measure the size of its head and look for autism signs. Infants that have head that grows abnormally faster than others during the first year of life and possesses other signs of autism, then you should ask your doctor to evaluate your child further for ASD.
Another thing to remember is that if one of the brother or sister of the child was diagnosed with autism, then it is more likely that the child is also autistic.
It is important to remember that no one sign or behavior means autism. Experts say that it is the combination of 2 or more signs or the presence of almost all the autism signs. Infants may display some of the signs and behavior but are not autistic at all.
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