What are the early signs of Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities. It is essential to be aware of the early signs of autism and monitor your child as they continue to grow and develop so that they can be diagnosed as early as possible and be understood and supported. If you have any concerns, please consult with your child’s doctor.

The early signs of autism vary widely, so it is critical to consult a professional for an evaluation if you have any concerns. It is important to note that not all children with autism will show all signs and that many children who don’t have autism may show a few.

The following may indicate your child is at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. If your child is showing any of the following signs, please consult your family doctor for an evaluation.

By 6 months

  • Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful, and engaging expressions
  • Limited or no eye contact

By 9 months

  • Little or no responding with sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions

By 12 months

  • Little or no babbling
  • Little or no gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving
  • Little or no response to name

By 18 months

  • Very few or no words
  • Does not share their interests with others

By 24 months

  • Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)
  • Does not notice when others are hurt or upset

By 36 months

  • Does not notice other children and join them in play by 36 months of age

At any age

  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Loss of previously learned speech or social skills
  • Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights, and/or colours
  • Restricted and/or obsessive interests
  • Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Delayed language development
  • Delayed cognitive or learning skills
  • Unusual emotional reactions
  • Anxiety, stress, or excessive worry

If your child is showing these signs, please consult your family doctor for an evaluation.

Our team at Freedom Social Skills is here to help. We host a range of services that improve social skills in children, including our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) early intervention and behavioural intervention programs for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

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