Autism ‘Warning Signs’ In Toddlers

Autism ‘Warning Signs’ In Toddlers

The first three years of life are crucial to a child’s development. Parents make several visits to their pediatrician during this period for well-baby/child check-ups, vaccinations and general developmental screenings.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but they may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less. ASD begins before the age of 3 and lasts throughout a person’s life, although symptoms may improve over time. Some children with ASD show hints of future problems within the first few months of life.

Autism Signs By 3 Months

  • The baby doesn’t follow moving objects with her eyes: “Babies at high risk for autism don’t follow caregivers as they move in the visual field,” says Dr Frazier. “They may be more intrigued by something like a blanket.”
  • Doesn’t respond to loud noises.
  • Doesn’t smile at people.
  • Doesn’t babble.
  • Doesn’t pay attention to new faces

Autism Signs By 7 Months

  • Shows no affection for you.
  • Doesn’t laugh or make squealing sounds.
  • Doesn’t smile on her own.
  • Doesn’t try to attract attention through actions.
  • Doesn’t have any interest in games such as peekaboo.

Autism Signs By 12 Months

  • Doesn’t say single words.
  • Doesn’t use gestures such as waving or shaking her head.
  • Doesn’t point to objects or pictures.

Autism Signs By 18 Months

  • A child with delayed speech skills will point, gesture, or use facial expressions to make up for her lack of talking.
  • A child with ASD might not attempt to compensate for delayed speech or might limit speech to echoing what is heard on TV or what she just heard.

Autism Signs By 24 Months/2-Years

  • A child with typical development brings a picture to show his mother and shares his joy from it with her.
  • A child with ASD might bring her a bottle of bubbles to open, but he does not look at his mom’s face when she does or share in the pleasure of playing together.

Autism Signs By 36 Months/3-Years

  • Doesn’t like or avoids physical contact with others.
  • Isn’t interested or doesn’t know how to make friends
  • Has difficulty expressing or talking about feelings
  • Has difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
  • Performs repetitive motions (flaps hands, rocks back and forth, spins)
  • Gets upset, frustrated by small changes in daily routine
  • Plays with toys the same way every time
  • Has obsessive interests
  • Has hyperactivity or short attention span
  • Self-injures
  • Has irregular a reaction to sounds, smells, tastes, looks, or feels
  • Has irregular eating and sleeping habits
  • Shows lack of fear or more fear than expected

If your child has signs of autism, schedule a visit to your pediatrician right away or visit and locate your nearest Mom’s Belief Autism Centre. We also offer Home Based assessment and intervention programs. You can discuss developmental concerns at your home comfort, and our experts will evaluate your baby for autism. We have evidence that suggests the quicker you can get a diagnosis, the earlier you can enrol in developmental and behavioural interventions. Early intervention is meant to help your baby cope with his autism symptoms and possibly even reverse them. As your child gets older, intervention might include speech therapy, occupational therapy, mental health counselling, and whatever else experts believe will help your child thrive. The ultimate goal is making the symptoms more manageable and enhancing life as much as possible.