This blog shares important information on child development required to treat autism. As children grow, they are always learning new things. Below are just some of the things you should be looking for as your infant grows. Because every baby develops at their own pace, your little one may reach these milestones slightly ahead or after other children the same age.
Use this list of developmental milestones provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) as a guide. If you are concerned about your baby’s development or autism treatment, talk to their doctor.
By the end of 7 months many children are able to:
- turn head when name is called
- smile back at another person
- respond to sound with sounds
- enjoy social play (such as peek-a-boo)
By the end of 1 year (12 months) many children are able to:
- use simple gestures (waving “bye-bye”)
- make sounds such as “ma” and “da”)
- imitate actions in their play (clap when you clap)
- respond when told “no”
By the end of 1.5 years (18 months) many children are able to:
- do simple pretend play (“talk” on a toy phone)
- point to interesting objects
- look at object when you point at it and tell them to “look!”
- use several single words unprompted
By the end of 2 years (24 months) many children are able to:
- use 2- to 4-word phrases
- follow simple instructions
- become more interested in other children
- point to object or picture when named
By the end of 3 years (36 months) many children are able to:
- show affection for playmates
- use 4- to 5-word sentences
- imitate adults and playmates (run when other children run)
- play make-believe with dolls, animals, and people (“feed” a teddy bear)
By the end of 4 years (48 months) many children are able to:
- use 5- to 6-word sentences
- follow 3-step commands (“Get dressed. Comb your hair, and wash your face.”)
- cooperate with other children
By the end of 5 years (60 months) many children are able to:
- say own name and address
- attempt to please and be like friends
- count out 10 or more objects
- understand the difference in fantasy and reality
Questions to ask your child’s doctor or nurse:
- What can I do to keep track of my child’s development?
- What should I do if I’m worried about my child’s progress?
- Where can I go to get more information?
- Can you refer me to a specialist for more information?
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)