With rates of autism steadily rising with each passing year, it is important to become familiar with the early signs of autism. If you suspect your child may have autism, it is important to seek out the proper medical professionals to evaluate your child. It is better to get help as soon as possible rather than taking the “wait and see” approach. The earlier autism is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can begin. There is extensive research supporting early autism treatment with better outcomes in later life. Listed below are some of the earliest signs of autism for children 2-6 months of age.
The Earliest Signs of Autism:
- Lack of eye contact or fleeting eye contact
- Does not follow objects visually
- Does not respond to loud sounds or is overly sensitive to loud sounds
- Does not use gestures to communicate (i.e., pointing to desired items, waving)
- Does not smile at people
- Does not make sounds or coo
- Lack of joint attention – no back-and-forth interactions with care givers
- Body seems unusually stiff or unusually floppy
- Is interested in parts of objects (i.e., wheels of a car, lid of a container, 1 specific page in a book) instead of being interested in the object as a whole
- Prefers to be alone and does not seek physical interaction with caregivers
- Does not orient to the sound of voices
- Does not imitate expressions – Does not smile back or make other joyful expressions by 6 months
- Lack of any babbling by 6 months
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