Early Signs That Your Kid Might Be Having Autism
Stats indicate that one in every 68 children in the US has autism. Autism is a disorder that is usually characterized by difficulty in social interactions and repetitive behaviors. One can quickly tell the signs of autism in a child, though they persist until adulthood and affect the day to day living. Here are some red flags to check out.
Every infant under the age of two is expected to hit certain milestones as they develop, and lack of such signs might motivate one to talk to a doctor about autism evaluation. Children tend to develop at different rates, and this means that a child not hitting a given milestone by its deadline doesn’t necessarily mean that they are on autism spectrum. However, this is something that every parent needs to be cognizant of. A baby should be babbling by the time they are four months old, smile before being five months old and should play games such as pat-a-cake before they are eight months old. A child one year old should respond to their name, and they also should look at any items pointed out to them. Children that don’t hit these milestones may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and it is possible that they will become nonverbal adults. Children living with autism also do not look for parent comfort even when in unfamiliar situations and they also lack social awareness.
When a child is living with autism, they are unlikely to make eye contact with any person speaking to them. It is also unlikely that such a child will cheer up when they meet or spot a familiar adult. The children will also have uncommon sensory issues, and it is possible that they will be overwhelmed by certain sights, tastes and sounds.
Children with autism have difficulty using simple sentences by two years old as is the case with other children. Children with Autism spectral disorder use irregular rhythms and also do not use tonal variation. The kids will also use official language instead of casual conversations when speaking with friends and they have difficulties in reading facial expressions. There are social concerns that can be addressed through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Companies such as BlueSprig Autism offers in-home therapy, workshops as well as screenings.
Repetitive behaviors are also part of the defining characteristics of autism. The child will not only repeat words over and over, but it is also likely that they will have obsessions for particular objects or foods that come with a specific taste such as bitter, salty or sweets. The child is likely to be unhinged by the slightest change in their routine, and their tantrums can involve even harmful and aggressive behaviors such as head-banging.