WHAT ARE SIGNS OF AUTISM?
Signs of autism may become more obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years) although they may be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), typically before age 3. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:
- Does not babble or coo by 12 months
- Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
- Does not say single words by 16 months
- Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
- Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age
It does NOT mean that your child has autism if they have any of these symptoms; however, these behaviors should be discussed with your pediatrician and possibly further evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. Please visit the following website for more information: www.cdc.gov/actearly.
Many individuals with autism often have language and communication delays or differences, repetitive or unusual behaviors, restricted areas of interest, and delays in social interactions and functioning. However, for high functioning autism, sometimes these delays and differences are not evident until school age, adolescence, and perhaps even adulthood. As social demands increase, the social and communication differences become more apparent in individuals with autism.