Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First Signs of Autism

I wanted to pass this on.  
I found the words pretty accurate.  

The information was obtained from:  

First sign of Autism/Asperger’s in babies and toddlers-text book language

 Doesn’t make eye contact when being fed or changed
 Doesn't smile when smiled at
 Doesn't respond to his or her name to the sound of a familiar voice
 Doesn't point or wave goodbye or use other gestures to communicate
 Doesn’t follow objects visually
 Doesn’t follow the gesture when you point things out
 Doesn’t make noises to get your attention
 Doesn’t initiate or respond to cuddling
 Doesn’t imitate your movements and facial expressions
 Doesn’t reach out to be picked up
 Doesn’t play with other children or share interest and enjoyment
 Doesn’t ask for help or make other basic requests
Early signs of Autism/Asperger’s in babies and toddler-parent language

 Can have a large head circumference
 Can have tongue tie
 Feeding problems-breast and bottle; arching body away from nipple
 Gastric reflux
 Arching body backwards when picked up (from 1 month)
 Bathing problems-not liking baths or hair washing (from birth)
 Sleep  problems-not sleeping for more than an hour at a time
 Crying isn’t soothed by parent picking up
 Light sensitive
 “Flat” facial expression (facial affect)
 Easily startled by new objects or sounds
 Frequent ear infections
 Texture affected with solid food
 Needing to stand up to poo (in the same spot in the house)
 Lining up cars and other objects
 Likes to do things over and over-robot like actions
 Likes to watch spinning objects-fans, wheels on cars
 Doesn’t learn from other children modeling e.g. how to ride a tricycle
 Wanting to wear the same clothes every day
 Distressed by changes in routine

The following list of developmental delays do warrant an evaluation by your child’s pediatrician:

By 6 months: No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions
By 9 months: No back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial  expressions back-and forth
By 12 months: Lack of response to name
By 12 months: No babbling or “baby talk”
By 12 months: No back and forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
By 16 months: No spoken words
By 24 months: No meaningful two word phrases at don’t involve imitating or repeating

I hope this helps identify those first signs.  Remember the best outcome is with early intervention.  
©Nelle  Frances  2013

If this helps just one person - one child... 
Early intervention is the key.  The earlier the better! 

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