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What are some early signs of Autism?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:06 AM on Aug. 3, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My son's earliest signs were motor control problems and hypersensitivity to loud noise. He has Asperger's.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:30 AM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • You don't say how old of a child you're talking about. These are some of the earliest signs, but certainly not ALL of them, as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) signs are many and varied. A few early signs include:
    No pointing at things or people to get you to look at them.
    No big smiles, or joyful expressions.
    No babbling by 12 months.
    No back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or facial expressions.
    Doesn't respond when you call his/her name, usually babies will do this by about 7 months.
    Lack of language development of either 1 or 2 word phrases, or they will merely echo what someone else has said without comprehending what it means.
    VERY IMPORTANT: The earlier the detection and treatment, the less impact this will have later on for your baby, and for your family in providing structure. If you are concerned about this, talk to your doctor and describe what you are seeing.

    Answer by JawgaMom1 at 8:23 AM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • The two signs in my boys were VERY different. With my older it was lack of language, no pointing, lack of eye contact. He would respond when you called his name and he was very smart at communicating what he wanted.
    If you have any inkling that a child may have autism, please have them tested early by a developmental pediatrician. Even if your regular pedi doesn't seem concerned, if you have a concern keep pushing - i wish i had earlier for my oldest! Early intervention is SO important!!

    Answer by missanc at 9:11 AM on Aug. 3, 2009

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