Children with autism typically have deficits in three areas: social interactions, communication, and repetative behavior.
Some common early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are:
It is also common for children with ASD to struggle with social interaction. They typically do not offer big smiles or warm, joyful expressions by age 6 months or later. There is often no reciprocation of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions at 9 months or later. Often, children with autism are not babbling by 12 months, producing language by 16 months or using two-word meaningful phrases by 24 months.
It is important to note that because autism is a spectrum disorder, no two children's symptoms are the same. The spectrum offers a range of linked conditions, with the elements of the spectrum having a similar appearance or linked to a similar cause.
If you think your child shows signs of autism, contact your pediatrician to discuss.
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