Signs Of Autism â€“ Children And Toddlers If you are interested in learning the signs of autism in children and signs of autism in toddlers then you will benefit from reading this article. For classic autism, the average age that a child is diagnosed is between two and three years old. However, the earlier you recognize the signs, the earlier treatment can begin and the more effective this treatment will be. This is why all parents should learn how to recognize signs of autism in children, including the earliest signs. Autism Signs In Babies Many people donâ€™t realize this but the signs of autism actually begin in babies. In fact, according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), signs of autism begin to show up as early as three to four months old. Autistic babies may not make eye contact very often. They may not track people in the room or recognize that a new face is a stranger. They may, in fact, show indifference to all people. They may also resist being cuddled and they may show very little affection, even toward those closest to them. Autistic babies may not laugh like other babies and they may not babble like other babies either. A research study on autistic babies that is being heralded as a landmark study was
published in the prestigious journal “Nature” earlier this month (November 2013). The study showed that in babies who were later diagnosed with autism, their ability to maintain eye contact fell sharply between two to six months. However, what was almost shocking to learn was that before this time frame, their eye tracking abilities were the same as babies who did not develop autism. Further, babies that showed the steepest decline in eye tracking ability were the ones that developed the most severe forms of autism. This research has caused quite a stir because it gives parents a definitive criteria to learn to recognize potential autism in young babies. It is also giving hope that clinicians may be able to intervene somehow with effective therapy BEFORE this window closes.
Autism Signs In Toddlers A major red flag to watch for in young toddlers are signs of regression in speech. For example, if a child begins to talk and say words like “mamma” and “daddy” or the names of their favorite toys and then loses this ability, this is tell-tale sign of autism. The same is true for “social games” where gestures are used. If a toddler who is able to wave bye bye or play peek-a-boo suddenly loses this ability, this is a significant sign that they may have some form of autism. In either case, you should have them evaluated by a professional as soon as possible.
Signs In Children Young children with autism will often prefer to play alone. Moreover, they will often retreat into their own fantasy world, effectively shutting out the world around. They may not even respond to loud sounds or hear their own name called out. Autistic children often have trouble learning to crawl and walk and they may be clumsy when they do. They may also have seriously delayed speech and their voice may sound a bit strange. They may not be able to respond to very simple instructions such as “don’t touch that” in the same way other children do. They may also have more trouble learning how to use tools such as eating utensils. Children with autism may also become obsessed with certain objects, and later, with certain subjects. They may also exhibit signs of stemming which are repeated behaviors to self-soothe themselves. These could include leg twitching, rocking, walking in circles, and finger tapping. However, keep in mind that stemming behaviors are not always so obvious. Keep in mind that a child with high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome may share some of the symptoms with classic autism but at least some of them will be less pronounced. This is why the average age a child is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome is seven to nine years old. It’s sometimes very subtle so you have to really pay attention. But these signs of autism in babies, toddlers and young children will help you know what to look out for.