Babies all have developmental milestones that indicate normal and uninhibited development. If your child does not smile, does not appear suit or comforted when picked up fails to follow objects and beyond the midline of their face does not make an “ooo” or “ahh” sound or shows no sign of trying to or beginning to laugh. Then you should speak with your pediatrician about your babies on normal behavior.
Many of the above symptoms are often seen in what is known as high muscle tone. If your child’s muscles appear extremely staff than this may be another possible cause. Although not related to autism in any way, this is something you need to discuss with your pediatrician as well.
Pediatricians and parents should look for early signs and/or symptoms that will help alert them to a child’s need for further evaluation to rule out or confirm autism include the following:
- At age 6 months, your child is not smiling.
- At age 12 months, your child fails to babble point or use other types of gestures.
- At age 16 months, fails to use single words.
- At age 24 months, fails to use 2 word phrases.
- Developmentally seems to regress with lots of social and language skills.
Eye contact in infants is often avoided and as they grow older day may act as though they do not see or simply are unaware of people that come and go. Although some experts believe that signs of autism show up as early as six months of age. Most children are not diagnosed until around the age of three.
A recent study showing that some children who had abnormal brain growth suffered from autism. The study pointed to children with a smaller head size at birth, somewhere in the 25th percentile would gain enter a period or phase, where the head rapidly grew during this rapid growth. Their head size would move from the 25th percentile to the 84th percentile somewhere between the ages of 6 to 14 months. Unfortunately, rapid head growth is not an early detection model for autism.
The reality is if you suspect that your child is slowing development. Or that they may have autism. Your first plan of action would be to consult your pediatrician. From there the consultation should move in a more formal style of developmental evaluation.
However frustrating as it may seem, parents will often be told that there’s nothing wrong or to not worry even when a parent feels confident that their child is under developing. Experts disagree with this. Don’t wait and not to worry theory. They often suggest that pants push on, and trust in their instincts. They encourage parents to have their children evaluated. This is especially important if a parent feels that their child is not developing or seems slow in developing.
Although there are various diagnosis that may come with similar symptoms in cases of autism the earlier it is detected and sooner a plan of action is implemented, the better chance a child has to integrate into the rest of society in a more normal role.
Laural is a professional mommy blogger who writes extensively for websites particularly autism blogs. Her specialise subject is on child autism and she currently contribute her work at Mommy Edition.