Autism falls under the developmental disability called Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Symptoms of autism may differ from person to person. Autistic person can have problems interacting socially with others, communicating effectively, and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. It's a lifelong condition, with early intervention and therapies, the symptoms can be reduced.
There are many uncertainties around Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including what causes autism and what the best treatments for autism are. Regardless, it is important that parents and people caring for children understand the signs and symptoms of ASD and get help as soon as possible to find the treatment that works best for each child.
A person with autism typically has the following difficulties:
- Interacting socially with others
- Communicating effectively
- A tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors
The symptoms and severity of autism vary widely from person to person. It may be relatively mild and almost unnoticeable on one end of the spectrum.
On the other end of the spectrum autism can be severe, interfering with a person’s daily life and causing difficulties with communication and repetitive behavior.
Early Signs Of Autism
Doctors can screen for autism symptoms in children as young as one year of age. Becoming familiar with the typical developments and milestones children should reach at certain ages will help you to spot the red flags.
If these red flags are present, the child may be at risk of having autism.
Guide To Milestones
Here are common reactions and milestones for babies and toddlers at certain ages for healthy development:
- Joyful expressions and big smiles.
- Mimicking sounds, smiles, and other facial expressions.
- Babbling continuously.
- Mimicking gestures like pointing, showing, reaching, and waving
Starting to say words and also understanding what they’re saying
Starting to say meaningful two-word phrases.
If the child has a loss of speech, babbling, or social skills at any age, it may be a red flag. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress or behavior, make sure you speak with your doctor as soon as possible.