6 Signs that you should have your child evaluated for Autism
As Parents I know we never want to believe that anything is abnormal about our children. We fear that they would be rejected from the world if they act or look different than those around them. Sometimes Autism simply gets overlooked or parents just don’t know what to look for. Here are 6 signs that Autism may be a possibly and even if your child has a lot of the signs it isn’t a guarantee that they may have autism.
What is Autism?
Before we dive into the signs of Autism lets first get a better understanding of what Autism is. Autism is a developmental disorder caused by abnormal brain function, which usually appears before children are 3 years old. Autism is often accompanied by intellectual disability, epilepsy, hyperactivity, withdrawal, and emotional disturbance. Students with autism have three major obstacles in daily life: interpersonal relationship, language expression and behavioral obstacles.
No two people with autism are similar. Having said that, all people with autism have common characteristics. These characteristics exist in the so-called “triad of obstacles”.
The triad of obstacles includes major deficits in three areas of development:
1. Social barriers
2. Verbal and non-verbal communication barriers
3. Thinking and behavior barriers
- Lack of interest in faces.
Generally, babies are more interested in looking at people’s faces than at other objects. If your baby avoids looking at you when you are smiling, talking, or playing, this may be an early sign of autism. When you try to get their attention, your child may occasionally like to look at an interesting object, but when you try to play with them, you can’t get his response. This should be abnormal.
2. Unable to share attention
If you point to something in the room and say to your child: “Look at that!” Does your child follow your eyes or fingers to see what you want to show? If so, they are responding to common concerns. On the other hand, if they look at your finger instead of what you are pointing to, or they have been ignoring your communication with them, that indicates a limited response to shared concerns.
3. Unable to Communicate without direct communication
Without direct communication, children with autism are often unable to communicate their ideas or needs to others verbally or non-verbally. Before speaking, most babies use non-verbal gestures and eyes to express their needs.
4. Avoid social interaction
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will show great interest in other children. They may want to come and play with them. Children with autism seem to have no feelings for other children. They may run to them, but they will play near the same playground equipment without interacting.
If your child hasn’t babbled in 12 months, has no clear words in 16 months, or has no meaningful, spontaneous two-word phrases (not including repeated or imitated phrases) in 24 months, you should Consider having them evaluated.
6. Toe Walking
Although it is not a main sign of Autism toe walking is quite common in young children, age 3 and younger; but toe walking, especially in children 5 years and older, is often associated with neurological immaturity. Toe walking could be a sign of autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or a short Achilles tendon
7. Sensory needs
Many children with Autism (not all) have sensory needs and some cannot handle too much sensory input as it becomes a sensory overload. There are activities that you can do to help such as water play, slime, play dough it is a good idea to first figure out if your child is okay with or even enjoys sensory play.
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