Autism is unique; it has been reported that it comes in all shapes, forms and personalities. But what comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘autism’? Well, Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
Records show that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Globally, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.
So how do you spot or tell early sings of autism?
Medical reports conclude that autism’s signs usually appear by age 2 to 3. Often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier.
Therefore, the following are possible signs to look out for in Children. However, it is highly recommended that you seek profession guidance in diagnosing autism.
- Older babies and toddlers may fail to respond to their names.
- Avoid eye contact and even physical contact or Extreme sensitivity to touch, light, and sound.
- Lack joint attention (sharing an experience of observing an object or event by gazing or pointing) or Short attention span.
- Engage in repetitive movements such as rocking or arm flapping.
- They may play with toys in unusual ways, like lining them up or focusing on parts of toys rather than the whole.
- Baby prefers to be alone and show Aggressive behavior, both with self and others.
- Delayed speech and language skills.
- Specific routines or rituals (and getting upset when a routine is changed, even slightly)
Parents are highly advised NOT to accept a wait-and-see approach. Waiting is the worst thing you can do. You risk losing valuable time at an age where your child has the best chance for improvement.