Picture this: You have your child and they seem perfectly fine to you. At the age of 2 or 3, you start to notice that something is different. But you just sum it up to be a “toddler thing.” At this point, you think that your child will eventually grow out of it.
Children can start displaying signs of autism as early as 18 months however most children are not diagnosed until of the age of 2 or 3.
When my son started showing signs of autism, autism was not the first thought that came to my mind. In matter of fact, it was never a thought even though I heard of autism.
There is not one specific sign that that will say that a child is autistic. It is a combination of different signs. Yes. Autism varies from child to child.
According to the National Autism Association, here are some signs of ASD
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by
- social impairments
- cognitive impairments
- communication difficulties
- repetitive behaviors
Because Autism is a spectrum disorder, it can range from very mild to very severe and occur in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females. Some children with autism appear normal before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. This is called the regressive type of autism.
A person with ASD might:
- Not respond to their name (the child may appear deaf)
- Not point at objects or things of interest, or demonstrate interest
- Not play “pretend” games
- Avoid eye contact
- Want to be alone
- Have difficulty understanding, or showing understanding, or other people’s feelings or their own
- Have no speech or delayed speech
- Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
- Give unrelated answers to questions
- Get upset by minor changes
- Have obsessive interests
- Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
- Have unusual reactions (over or under-sensitivity) to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
- Have low to no social skills
- Avoid or resist physical contact
- Demonstrate little safety or danger awareness
- Reverse pronouns (e.g., says “you” instead of “I”)
People with autism may also:
- Have unusual interests and behaviors
- Have extreme anxiety and phobias, as well as unusual phobias
- Line up toys or other objects
- Play with toys the same way every time
- Like parts of objects (e.g., wheels)
- Become upset by minor changes
- Have obsessive interests
- Hyperactivity (very active)
- Impulsivity (acting without thinking)
- Short attention span
- Causing self injury
- Unusual eating and sleeping habits
- Unusual mood or emotional reactions
- Lack of fear or more fear than expected
- Have unusual sleeping habits
This list is not here to self-diagnose however if your child is displaying some of these signs, speak with your child’s pediatrician right away. You may be able to receive every intervention service which will help your child greatly.
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