What Are Some Of The Warning Signs Of Child Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder may show symptoms as early as 14 months.  Diagnosis of autism can be confirmed by the age of 3.

It is extremely important to recognize the signs of autism as early as possible. With early intervention it may be possible to have a big impact on the child’s development.

The parents and caregivers are the ones most familiar with the child.  They need to be aware of signs that the child is not developing as well as he should for his age.  If the parents suspect there is a problem they need to consult with the child’s physician as soon as possible.

Signs that the baby may have a problem can include the inability of the baby to return a smile when smiled at.  A baby or toddler avoiding eye contact with you can be a warning sign.  Not making any response to his name, not following objects visually, not responding to cuddling and not reaching out to be picked up can all be signs of autism.

When your child is a little older warning signs of autism can include the child not wanting to he held or touched, not wanting to make friends or interact with others, not showing any interest in what is happening around him and not appearing to hear when other speak to him.

If your child had a skill and then no longer has that same skill it is a warning sign of possible autism.  That is, if the child said momma and then no longer speaks, or if the child was interacting with smiles and stops responding, the child should be tested.  Regression can be a sign of autism.

Children who have autism may be inflexible and may find it hard to adapt to any changes.

Children who have autism may become obsessive in their behavior.  They may rock back and forth., they may stare at fans or lights, they may snap fingers or flap hands or they may repeat words or phrases over and over again.

Autism can range from very mild to more severe.  It is important to start to work with the autistic child as early as possible so the child has the ability to reach his full potential.

It is believed that autism is caused by genetic factors and environmental factors.  The contributing environmental factors may occur either in the womb or after birth.  Although some people blame autism on vaccinations children receive, there is no scientific evidence to support this theory.

Some prenatal things which may contribute to autism include maternal infections during pregnancy, exposure to chemical pollutants, nutritional deficiencies and advanced age of the mother or father.

If you suspect your child may have autism talk with your pediatrician.  Perhaps you will need to consult with a developmental specialist for testing.