|Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Autism|
Today, parents are so much more aware of the existence of autism. Because early identification and intervention are so important in minimizing the negative effects of autism, the earlier autism is identified the better. A study completed in 2007 indicated that the failure to turn or look in response to hearing one’s name may be one of the earliest signs of autism.
Some of the earliest signs of autism are difficult to spot since they involve the absence of normal behaviors – not the presence of abnormal ones. By the time they are 2 to 3 months old, babies who are developing normally will make sounds to get their parents attention, smile at a familiar voice, play with other people and imitate facial expressions. If your baby isn’t responding to you, despite your attempts to interact and show affection, it would be wise for you to alert your pediatrician.
Other early signs of autism may include:
The baby doesn’t make eye contact.
As children get older, the red flags for autism increase. There are many signs and symptoms of autism, but they typically revolve around verbal and nonverbal communication difficulties, impaired social skills, and repetitive behaviors.
It is a good idea to have your child screened by a doctor even if he or she is reaching the developmental milestones on schedule. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children receive routine developmental screenings, as well as specific screenings for autism at 9, 18 and 30 months of age.
When considering autism remember that early intervention is the key to a successful outcome. If your child has a developmental delay caused by autism or by another factor, it is unlikely that he or she will simply “grow out of” the problem. In order to develop skills in any area of delay, your child will need extra help and targeted interventions.
The following Children Succeed games specifically target the delays found with autism: