What Are the Early Signs of Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder is a common disorder that effects millions of children worldwide. Diagnosing the disorder at an early age is highly important for living a normal life. Knowing what some of the early signs of autism are will make it easier to diagnose.

Lack of expressions and smiles are the most common early signs of autism. Also, a lack of communication in any way is a sign. If the baby does not smile, make any sort of noise or react with joyful expressions, chances are they are autistic. No babbling is a sign that the baby has autism. Lack of verbal communication is also one of the most common symptoms of autism, so no baby talk is an early sign of autism. No waving, pointing or other hand gestures are also  early signs of autism.

Not all signs are that easy to look for. The inability to socially interact with other is an early sign of autism that is sometimes not very obvious. The child may avoid interacting with other children and will be content playing on their own. Repetitive motions is another early sign of autism. Especially with repetitive movement such as, hand flapping, rocking, swaying and spinning. Organization and rituals are also early signs of autism. Autistic children like to have a routine and rituals. They may have certain toys they bring to bed that have to be a certain way. Organizing toys by size or color is a common early sign of autism. Misuse of a toy is also a common early sign of autism. They may use a truck or car as a home or plate, or they could use a toy spoon as a doll.

There are many different early signs of autism that you should look for. Lack of verbal and physical communication or affection is the most common sign. Also, repetitive motions, organization and routines are early signs that you should look for. The signs may be difficult to look for, but if you catch them early you may prevent the symptoms from getting worse. The sooner treatment is started, the sooner the symptoms will begin to subside.

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