There are a number of initial symptoms that parents and teachers can look for. These may be evident even in a child as young as one year old — or may not become evident until age three or older. Some signs to look for in autistic children include:
- unresponsiveness to people, and/or intent focus on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods;
- lack of response to their name;
- lack of eye contact;
- difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling;
- delay in gaining speech and/or odd speech patterns;
- repetitive movements such as rocking or twirling, or self-abusive behavior such as head-banging;
- speaking in a flat or sing-song voice;
- unusually low or high sensitivity to pain, noise, light or crowds.
Early signs of autistic symptoms :
As many as six in 1,000 children may be autistic. Many parents are worried, in part because to treat autism is so much in the headlines these days. It’s a good idea to keep a weather eye on your young child, because even very young children can be diagnosed. And research shows that the earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the prognosis for good outcomes.
Possible Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Autistic Children
- Does not babble, point, or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age
- Does not speak one word by 16 months
- Does not combine two words by 2 years
- Does not respond to name
- Loses language or social skills
- Poor eye contact
- Doesn’t seem to know how to play with toys
- Excessively lines up toys or other objects
- Is attached to one particular toy or object
- Doesn’t smile
- At times seems to be hearing impaired
Source Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Science Daily.