Autism

Know The Signs | Early Identification Can Changes Lives

Parents, Be On the Alert, For Your Little Ones

Autism Spectrum DisorderAs a parent, you never want to believe that your precious little one has a problem.  However, if your child suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder, catching it early, ideally as young as 18 months, can make a huge difference.  The younger the child, the more effective and the greater the impact of treatment on the symptoms.  But don’t lose hope, despite your child’s age, treatment can reduce the effects of the child’s disorder and help him or her grow and thrive in everyday life.

What is Autism?

Autism “spectrum” disorder, involves a spectrum of disorders that are closely related and share a common core of symptoms. The effects and symptoms of autism vary widely and can from very mild to very severe.  Autism occurs in infancy, and shows up by causing delays in early development such as talking, playing and interacting with others.

Early Detection of Autism: The Critical Role of Parents

Parents are the best candidates for spotting early signs of autism.  Parents are able to spot behavioral patterns in their children much better than a pediatrician could catch in a 15 minute visit. Therefore, it is very important for parents to keep a watchful eye on their children during their cognitive, social and emotional milestones of early development.  Here are some things you may watch for:

Signs & Symptoms of Autism in Babies & Toddlers

  • Doesn’t make eye contact
  • Doesn’t smile when smiled at (by 6 months)
  • Doesn’t respond to their name or a familiar voice (by 12 months)
  • Doesn’t follow objects visually
  • Doesn’t follow the gesture when you point to things
  • Doesn’t reach out to be picked up
  • Doesn’t wave goodbye or use gestures to communicate (by 12 months)
  • Doesn’t reach to be picked up or respond to cuddling
  • Doesn’t play with others or share interest and enjoy them

Signs | Symptoms of Inflexibility in Autism

Prenatal Factors That May Contribute to Autism

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