May 23, 2022

Signs and Symptoms of Autism in Children

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a common neurological disorder. Because it’s typically diagnosed during childhood, parents should be cognizant of its signs. If you would like to learn more about the signs and symptoms of autism in children, here are the more notable things to watch for.

Little Eye Contact

According to Autism Speaks, by about six months of age, babies with autism don’t make as much eye contact as other babies their age. This is one of many social limitations that people with autism often experience. This is often the first indication of autism, but because all children develop differently, this doesn’t necessarily confirm your child has autism.

Delayed Babbling and Language

Communication deficiencies form one of the most significant symptom umbrellas for autism. These deficiencies manifest in delayed early babbling and transition into inhibited speech as a child grows. Children with ASD also commonly lose speech abilities they previously had. These deficiencies are lifelong, and they can lead to many complications if you don’t use alternative modes of communication. For example, parents often run into problems when taking their children with autism to the bathroom. For this reason, parents need novel strategies to avoid issues with going to the bathroom, such as communicating through a device or reading body language.

Restricted Interests

As children age, it’s normal for them to be adventurous and try new things. Kids with autism have interests, but these interests are often more restricted than other kids’. These interests may endure for years instead of evolving or completely shifting, and they may also be somewhat odd. For example, a child with autism might fixate on trains like other children, but they may only be interested in watching them from a very close proximity as they move. Managing this rigidity can involve using these interests as rewards for good behavior.

Repetitive Behaviors

Another observable sign of ASD in children that often develops is repetitive behaviors. The technical term for repetitive behaviors and speech is stereotypy. Stereotypies rigidly express the same way; common examples include hand-flapping, smelling things compulsively, and reciting movie phrases. This rigidity is also addressable. Parents often introduce replacement behaviors such as carrying something around they can sniff instead of other inappropriate things.

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