Autism in Infants
Even though, when very small, childrendo not yet develop any advanced communication abilities or anyprominent social abilities, there are still some signs oftheir progress in these fields. However, if the child misses some ofthe main characteristics of infantile development, certain signs maybe showing the onset of autism in him or her. Read on to knowwhat to look for and when to get concerned.
Early Signs of Autism
The first possible sign may be if yourchild is not cooing or babbling. Namely, most healthy children startcooing during the first several months of their lives. Of course,some might be more silent than the others, but, generally, this is theperiod when you should hear some kind of noises produced. After aperiod of six months, the child should start pronouncing vowels.Gradually, it should move on to consonants, the combination of thetwo, until, during the 11th month, they should startcreating some sentences of their own, many of which usually make nosense at all. Absence of all these things may be a sign of autism.
One of the most common signs of earlyautism is the absence of eye contact. Babies usually look at theirparents while they are feeding them, and, as they grow older theylook at things and people, usually directly in the eyes. If a baby'slook is absent and lacks any concentration, this might be a sign ofautism as well.
Next, by one year of age, your babyshould respond when his/her name is called out. Lack of this reactionmay be a sign of autism, even though this is not necessarily true inall situations.
Additionally, after being one year old,babies should usually understand that pointing finger showssomething. Thereby, they are supposed to be looking in the directionwhere the finger is pointed and not the finger itself. However, oncesome children do not do this, you may take autism in consideration,even though it does not have to be a certain sign of it.
As soon as babies are more than 15months old, they will start expressing advanced social skills bygreeting people and other children, showing things to them, or,simply, acknowledging them once they enter a room. On the other hand,autistic children prefer playing alone and usually give no signs ofacknowledgment once a person enters their room or presentshim/herself in any way.
Finally, you might want to look intothe playing habits of your child once it passes the 16thmonth of its life. Then, children usually develop specific playingskills and can play with many different toys. However, if a childsticks to specific toys or objects compulsively, arranging them in aspecific order every time, reacting negatively if this order isaffected, this might be a sign of concern, again, not always.