What are the Signs of Autism?
In recent years, autism has become a hot topic. It’s all over the news and even the entertainment world- celebrities are coming out and telling the world that their child is autistic. This is causing many parents to question whether their child has autism. People are researching the causes and signs of autism.
In this article, we’ll explain 6 signs of autism. If you notice these signs in your child, you will want to speak with their physician about having them evaluated. After all, the sooner you can get a diagnosis, the sooner you can get on to treating it.
6 Signs of Autism
There are a few common signs of autism, we’ll look at 6 of them below:
Does not reach developmental milestones on time
Of course, every child develops at their own pace. It is perfectly normal for there to be variations in the age that children reach their developmental milestones. However, if the child is significantly delayed in reaching their milestones, it could indicate that there is a problem. Therefore, if your child is not meeting their developmental milestones, be sure to speak with their physician.
Does not talk
There is not a specific target age for a child to learn how to talk. Some start talking at a very young age, while others just suddenly start speaking in full sentences one day. This can be completely normal. However, if your child is not at least babbling by the time they are 1 year old, it could be a reason to be concerned. Most children will be saying a few words by the time they are 16 months old. If your child has not met this milestone, speak with their physician about having them evaluated.
Does not make eye contact
Most babies/children will make eye contact with you when you’re talking to them. An autistic child will not. When you’re talking to them, they will appear to be looking off into a daze instead of paying attention to what you are saying. They won’t point to objects or look at something when you try to show it to them. Instead, they will look right past it.
Does not show emotion
Children with autism don’t show emotion. They won’t smile back when someone smiles at them. They don’t show any empathy or sympathy if someone around them is expressing pain, such as crying. A child who is autistic doesn’t like to be held/cuddled. They don’t reach up for their parents to pick them up.
Prefers to play alone
Children who have autism would prefer to play alone instead of with others. They have difficulty making friends. They don’t have the skills to relate to others. They don’t understand when a child is making a joke with them. They take anything that is said to them literally.
Loses skills they once knew
Your child has learned to talk and then suddenly, it seems like they forgot how. They learn a new skill and then a week later, they forget how to do it. Children who have autism will lose skills they once knew. If your child starts displaying this sign, speak with their physician about having them evaluated.
Of course, these are just a few of the most common signs of autism. If you notice any of these in your child, speak with their physician. Children do not need to have all of the signs to be diagnosed- but getting them evaluated and diagnosed is critical. There is the chance that there’s nothing wrong with your child at all. However, if your child is diagnosed with autism, the sooner you begin treatment, the better for you and your child.
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